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. Desdemona’s father. Othello has promoted Cassio. to be his lieutenant. insinuations. The Senate agrees to let her join Othello in Cyprus. He then kills himself. then begs Desdemona to intervene. only to learn of Iago’s treachery. at Iago’s urging. Before the Venetian Senate. The Senators wish to send Othello to Cyprus. Cassio. He lures Cassio into a drunken fight. for which Cassio loses his new rank. Othello. and a lost handkerchief—to convince Othello that Desdemona and Cassio are lovers. She tells of her love for Othello. that Othello and Desdemona have eloped. In Cyprus. Othello goes mad with jealousy and later smothers Desdemona on their marriage bed. Iago crudely informs Brabantio. which is under threat from Turkey. and the marriage stands. a Moor. They bring Desdemona before them. not Iago. the soldier Iago announces his hatred for his commander. Brabantio accuses Othello of bewitching Desdemona.In Venice. at the start of Othello. Iago uses this and other ploys—misinterpreted conversations. Iago continues to plot against Othello and Cassio.

a Venetian lady BRABANTIO. kinsmen to Brabantio Venetian senators MONTANO. an official in Cyprus BIANCA. Officers. Attendants. Torchbearers. a comic servant to Othello and Desdemona Gentlemen of Cyprus Sailors Servants. a woman in Cyprus in love with Cassio Clown. or “ancient” EMILIA. Messengers. . Iago’s wife and Desdemona’s attendant CASSIO. a Moorish general in the Venetian army DESDEMONA. Othello’s second-in-command. a Venetian gentleman Duke of Venice LODOVICO GRATIANO Venetian gentlemen. father to Desdemona IAGO. Othello’s standard-bearer. a Venetian senator. Musicians. Herald.OTHELLO. or lieutenant RODERIGO.

And in conclusion. I am worth no worse a place. I know my price. One Michael Cassio. Iago.” And what was he? Forsooth. 5 RODERIGO Thou toldst me thou didst hold him in thy hate. IAGO ’Sblood. In personal suit to make me his lieutenant. 7 10 15 20 . shouldst know of this. But he. Abhor me. IAGO Despise me If I do not. by the faith of man. who hast had my purse As if the strings were thine.” says he. and. never tell me! I take it much unkindly That thou. A fellow almost damned in a fair wife.LN 0001 LN 0002 LN 0003 LN 0004 LN 0005 LN 0006 LN 0007 LN 0008 LN 0009 LN 0010 LN 0011 LN 0012 LN 0013 LN 0014 LN 0015 LN 0016 LN 0017 LN 0018 LN 0019 LN 0020 LN 0021 LN 0022 Scene 1 Enter Roderigo and Iago. Nonsuits my mediators. RODERIGO Tush. Evades them with a bombast circumstance. For “Certes. a great arithmetician. as loving his own pride and purposes. but you’ll not hear me! If ever I did dream of such a matter. Three great ones of the city. “I have already chose my officer. a Florentine. Horribly stuffed with epithets of war. Off-capped to him.

This countercaster. Wears out his time. God bless the mark. and when he’s old. had th’ election. must be beleed and calmed By debitor and creditor. his Moorship’s ancient.LN 0023 LN 0024 LN 0025 LN 0026 LN 0027 LN 0028 LN 0029 LN 0030 LN 0031 LN 0032 LN 0033 LN 0034 LN 0035 LN 0036 LN 0037 LN 0038 LN 0039 LN 0040 LN 0041 LN 0042 LN 0043 LN 0044 LN 0045 LN 0046 LN 0047 LN 0048 LN 0049 LN 0050 LN 0051 LN 0052 LN 0053 LN 0054 LN 0055 9 Othello ACT 1. Mere prattle without practice Is all his soldiership. And not by old gradation. sir. ’Tis the curse of service. be judge yourself Whether I in any just term am affined To love the Moor. For naught but provender. then. there’s no remedy. I follow him to serve my turn upon him. He. must his lieutenant be. much like his master’s ass. sir. Keep yet their hearts attending on themselves. Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster—unless the bookish theoric. And I. where each second Stood heir to th’ first. IAGO 45 50 55 . Preferment goes by letter and affection. of whom his eyes had seen the proof At Rhodes. Whip me such honest knaves! Others there are Who. at Cyprus. doting on his own obsequious bondage. I rather would have been his hangman. SC. IAGO Why. You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave That. nor all masters Cannot be truly followed. And I. cashiered. 40 RODERIGO I would not follow him. in good time. and on other grounds Christened and heathen. trimmed in forms and visages of duty. content you. sir. We cannot all be masters. O. Wherein the togèd consuls can propose As masterly as he. But he. 1 That never set a squadron in the field. 25 30 35 RODERIGO By heaven. Now.

Do themselves homage. Proclaim him in the streets. I’ll call aloud. incense her kinsmen. 1 60 65 70 RODERIGO What a full fortune does the thick-lips owe If he can carry ’t thus! IAGO Call up her father.LN 0056 LN 0057 LN 0058 LN 0059 LN 0060 LN 0061 LN 0062 LN 0063 LN 0064 LN 0065 LN 0066 LN 0067 LN 0068 LN 0069 LN 0070 LN 0071 LN 0072 LN 0073 LN 0074 LN 0075 LN 0076 LN 0077 LN 0078 LN 0079 LN 0080 LN 0081 LN 0082 LN 0083 LN 0084 LN 0085 LN 0086 11 Othello And. Though that his joy be joy. by night and negligence. But seeming so for my peculiar end. RODERIGO What ho. ’tis not long after But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve For daws to peck at. IAGO Do. Brabantio! Signior Brabantio. And such a one do I profess myself. and when they have lined their coats. Heaven is my judge. Plague him with flies. In following him. These fellows have some soul. I am not what I am. It is as sure as you are Roderigo. SC. For when my outward action doth demonstrate The native act and figure of my heart In complement extern. ho! IAGO Awake! What ho. Make after him. Were I the Moor I would not be Iago. the fire Is spied in populous cities. Do well thrive by them. I follow but myself. ACT 1. Brabantio! Thieves. throwing but shows of service on their lords. And. with like timorous accent and dire yell As when. not I for love and duty. For. sir. though he in a fertile climate dwell. Yet throw such chances of vexation on ’t As it may lose some color. 75 80 RODERIGO Here is her father’s house. poison his delight. thieves! 85 . Rouse him.

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My spirit and my place have in them power
To make this bitter to thee.



Patience, good sir.
What tell’st thou me of robbing?
This is Venice. My house is not a grange.
RODERIGO Most grave Brabantio,
In simple and pure soul I come to you—
Zounds, sir, you are one of those that will not
serve God if the devil bid you. Because we come to
do you service and you think we are ruffians, you’ll
have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse,
you’ll have your nephews neigh to you, you’ll have
coursers for cousins and jennets for germans.
BRABANTIO What profane wretch art thou?
IAGO I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter
and the Moor are now making the beast with
two backs.
BRABANTIO Thou art a villain.
IAGO You are a senator.





This thou shalt answer. I know thee, Roderigo.

Sir, I will answer anything. But I beseech you,
If ’t be your pleasure and most wise consent—
As partly I find it is—that your fair daughter,
At this odd-even and dull watch o’ th’ night,
Transported with no worse nor better guard
But with a knave of common hire, a gondolier,
To the gross clasps of a lascivious Moor:
If this be known to you, and your allowance,
We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs.
But if you know not this, my manners tell me
We have your wrong rebuke. Do not believe
That from the sense of all civility
I thus would play and trifle with your Reverence.




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ACT 1. SC. 1

Your daughter, if you have not given her leave,
I say again, hath made a gross revolt,
Tying her duty, beauty, wit, and fortunes
In an extravagant and wheeling stranger
Of here and everywhere. Straight satisfy yourself.
If she be in her chamber or your house,
Let loose on me the justice of the state
For thus deluding you.
BRABANTIO Strike on the tinder, ho!
Give me a taper. Call up all my people.
This accident is not unlike my dream.
Belief of it oppresses me already.
Light, I say, light!
He exits.
IAGO , to Roderigo
Farewell, for I must leave you.
It seems not meet nor wholesome to my place
To be producted, as if I stay I shall,
Against the Moor. For I do know the state,
However this may gall him with some check,
Cannot with safety cast him, for he’s embarked
With such loud reason to the Cyprus wars,
Which even now stands in act, that, for their souls,
Another of his fathom they have none
To lead their business. In which regard,
Though I do hate him as I do hell pains,
Yet, for necessity of present life,
I must show out a flag and sign of love—
Which is indeed but sign. That you shall surely find
Lead to the Sagittary the raisèd search,
And there will I be with him. So, farewell.
He exits.
Enter Brabantio in his nightgown, with Servants and

It is too true an evil. Gone she is,
And what’s to come of my despisèd time







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Is naught but bitterness.—Now, Roderigo,
Where didst thou see her?—O, unhappy girl!—
With the Moor, sayst thou?—Who would be a
How didst thou know ’twas she?—O, she deceives
Past thought!—What said she to you?—Get more
Raise all my kindred.—Are they married, think
RODERIGO Truly, I think they are.





O heaven! How got she out? O treason of the blood!
Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters’ minds
By what you see them act.—Is there not charms
By which the property of youth and maidhood
May be abused? Have you not read, Roderigo,
Of some such thing?
Yes, sir, I have indeed.



Call up my brother.—O, would you had had her!—
Some one way, some another.—Do you know
Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?



I think I can discover him, if you please
To get good guard and go along with me.

Pray you lead on. At every house I’ll call.
I may command at most.—Get weapons, ho!
And raise some special officers of night .—
On, good Roderigo. I will deserve your pains.


They exit.

I lack iniquity Sometimes to do me service. But look. That with the little godliness I have I did full hard forbear him. That the magnifico is much beloved. Nine or ten times I had thought t’ have yerked him here under the ribs. 5 OTHELLO ’Tis better as it is. Attendants. what lights come yond? IAGO 10 15 20 25 30 . But that I love the gentle Desdemona. and my demerits May speak unbonneted to as proud a fortune As this that I have reached. Are you fast married? Be assured of this. Iago. I would not my unhousèd free condition Put into circumscription and confine For the sea’s worth. OTHELLO Let him do his spite. And hath in his effect a voice potential As double as the Duke’s.LN 0207 LN 0208 LN 0209 LN 0210 LN 0211 LN 0212 LN 0213 LN 0214 LN 0215 LN 0216 LN 0217 LN 0218 LN 0219 LN 0220 LN 0221 LN 0222 LN 0223 LN 0224 LN 0225 LN 0226 LN 0227 LN 0228 LN 0229 LN 0230 LN 0231 LN 0232 LN 0233 LN 0234 LN 0235 LN 0236 LN 0237 LN 0238 21 Othello ACT 1. Nay. But I pray you. For know. ’Tis yet to know (Which. when I know that boasting is an honor. Iago. My services which I have done the signiory Shall out-tongue his complaints. 2 Scene 2 Enter Othello. SC. IAGO Though in the trade of war I have slain men. with Torches. I shall promulgate) I fetch my life and being From men of royal siege. sir. Yet do I hold it very stuff o’ th’ conscience To do no contrived murder. He will divorce you Or put upon you what restraint or grievance The law (with all his might to enforce it on) Will give him cable. but he prated And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms Against your Honor.

I will but spend a word here in the house And go with you. OTHELLO What is the matter. being not at your lodging to be found. OTHELLO ’Tis well I am found by you. The Senate hath sent about three several quests To search you out. think you? 40 45 CASSIO Something from Cyprus. general. Is it they? IAGO By Janus. my title. He exits. The galleys Have sent a dozen sequent messengers This very night at one another’s heels. with Officers.LN 0239 LN 0240 LN 0241 LN 0242 LN 0243 LN 0244 LN 0245 LN 0246 LN 0247 LN 0248 LN 0249 LN 0250 LN 0251 LN 0252 LN 0253 LN 0254 LN 0255 LN 0256 LN 0257 LN 0258 LN 0259 LN 0260 LN 0261 LN 0262 LN 0263 LN 0264 LN 0265 LN 0266 LN 0267 LN 0268 23 Othello ACT 1. You were best go in. 60 . 2 IAGO Those are the raisèd father and his friends. When. And he requires your haste-post-haste appearance. and Torches. My parts. If it prove lawful prize. It is a business of some heat. You have been hotly called for. friends. I think no. I must be found. What is the news? CASSIO The Duke does greet you. SC. OTHELLO The servants of the Duke and my lieutenant! The goodness of the night upon you. Are at the Duke’s already. Even on the instant. And many of the Consuls. OTHELLO Not I. 35 Enter Cassio. as I may divine. CASSIO I do not understand. raised and met. he tonight hath boarded a land carrack. CASSIO Ancient. and my perfect soul Shall manifest me rightly. what makes he here? 50 55 IAGO Faith. he’s made forever.

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I should have known it Without a prompter. 90 95 100 105 110 115 120 . till fit time Of law and course of direct session Call thee to answer. To bring me to him? OFFICER ’Tis true. Or any of my brothers of the state. if ’tis not gross in sense That thou hast practiced on her with foul charms. Mine’s not an idle cause. OTHELLO What if I do obey? How may the Duke be therewith satisfied. and your noble self I am sure is sent for. Bondslaves and pagans shall our statesmen be. Abused her delicate youth with drugs or minerals That weakens motion.—Whither will you that I go To answer this your charge? BRABANTIO To prison. They exit. not to delight! Judge me the world. I therefore apprehend and do attach thee For an abuser of the world. most worthy signior. SC. Were it my cue to fight. The Duke himself. Subdue him at his peril. I’ll have ’t disputed on. ’Tis probable. The Duke’s in council. BRABANTIO How? The Duke in council? In this time of the night? Bring him away. Cannot but feel this wrong as ’twere their own. OTHELLO Hold your hands. Both you of my inclining and the rest. Whose messengers are here about my side. If he do resist.— Lay hold upon him. For if such actions may have passage free. a practicer Of arts inhibited and out of warrant. 2 Run from her guardage to the sooty bosom Of such a thing as thou—to fear. Upon some present business of the state.LN 0295 LN 0296 LN 0297 LN 0298 LN 0299 LN 0300 LN 0301 LN 0302 LN 0303 LN 0304 LN 0305 LN 0306 LN 0307 LN 0308 LN 0309 LN 0310 LN 0311 LN 0312 LN 0313 LN 0314 LN 0315 LN 0316 LN 0317 LN 0318 LN 0319 LN 0320 LN 0321 LN 0322 LN 0323 LN 0324 LN 0325 LN 0326 LN 0327 LN 0328 LN 0329 27 Othello ACT 1. and palpable to thinking.

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for Cyprus. as you guess? MESSENGER Of thirty sail. For that it stands not in such warlike brace. DUKE ’Tis certain. Reverend and Gracious. With his free duty recommends you thus. OFFICER Here is more news. Have there injointed them with an after fleet. SC. But altogether lacks th’ abilities That Rhodes is dressed in—if we make thought of this. so I thought. Signior Montano. Steering with due course toward the isle of Rhodes. and now they do restem Their backward course. So may he with more facile question bear it. DUKE 45 50 . MESSENGER The Ottomites. Marcus Luccicos. Your trusty and most valiant servitor. is not he in town? FIRST SENATOR He’s now in Florence. he’s not for Rhodes.LN 0355 LN 0356 LN 0357 LN 0358 LN 0359 LN 0360 LN 0361 LN 0362 LN 0363 LN 0364 LN 0365 LN 0366 LN 0367 LN 0368 LN 0369 LN 0370 LN 0371 LN 0372 LN 0373 LN 0374 LN 0375 LN 0376 LN 0377 LN 0378 LN 0379 LN 0380 LN 0381 LN 0382 LN 0383 31 Othello ACT 1. And prays you to believe him. He exits. then. 40 FIRST SENATOR Ay. Enter a Messenger. as it more concerns the Turk than Rhodes. Write from us to him. 3 And let ourselves again but understand That. 30 35 DUKE Nay. Neglecting an attempt of ease and gain To wake and wage a danger profitless. We must not think the Turk is so unskillful To leave that latest which concerns him first. Post-post-haste. bearing with frank appearance Their purposes toward Cyprus. in all confidence. Dispatch. How many.

yea. Neither my place nor aught I heard of business Hath raised me from my bed. 80 . Othello. nor doth the general care Take hold on me. for my particular grief Is of so floodgate and o’erbearing nature That it engluts and swallows other sorrows And it is still itself. Roderigo. gentle signior. Iago. though our proper son Stood in your action. and corrupted By spells and medicines bought of mountebanks. DUKE Valiant Othello. To Brabantio. We lacked your counsel and your help tonight. the bloody book of law You shall yourself read in the bitter letter.LN 0384 LN 0385 LN 0386 LN 0387 LN 0388 LN 0389 LN 0390 LN 0391 LN 0392 LN 0393 LN 0394 LN 0395 LN 0396 LN 0397 LN 0398 LN 0399 LN 0400 LN 0401 LN 0402 LN 0403 LN 0404 LN 0405 LN 0406 LN 0407 LN 0408 LN 0409 LN 0410 LN 0411 LN 0412 33 Othello ACT 1. Cassio. to me. DUKE Why. we must straight employ you Against the general enemy Ottoman. 3 FIRST SENATOR Here comes Brabantio and the valiant Moor. She is abused. Welcome. Good your Grace. stol’n from me. For nature so prepost’rously to err— Being not deficient. my daughter! FIRST SENATOR 70 Dead? Ay. blind. After your own sense. I did not see you. 55 Enter Brabantio. or lame of sense— Sans witchcraft could not. 60 BRABANTIO So did I yours. pardon me. BRABANTIO 75 DUKE Whoe’er he be that in this foul proceeding Hath thus beguiled your daughter of herself And you of her. SC. what’s the matter? 65 BRABANTIO My daughter! O. and Officers.

To fall in love with what she feared to look on! It is a judgment maimed and most imperfect 95 100 105 110 115 . can you say to this? BRABANTIO Nothing. everything. Rude am I in my speech. ACT 1. Of years. DUKE .LN 0413 LN 0414 LN 0415 LN 0416 LN 0417 LN 0418 LN 0419 LN 0420 LN 0421 LN 0422 LN 0423 LN 0424 LN 0425 LN 0426 LN 0427 LN 0428 LN 0429 LN 0430 LN 0431 LN 0432 LN 0433 LN 0434 LN 0435 LN 0436 LN 0437 LN 0438 LN 0439 LN 0440 LN 0441 LN 0442 LN 0443 LN 0444 LN 0445 LN 0446 35 Othello Humbly I thank your Grace. My very noble and approved good masters: That I have ta’en away this old man’s daughter. Yet. in your own part. credit. whom now it seems Your special mandate for the state affairs Hath hither brought. ALL We are very sorry for ’t. And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace. 3 BRABANTIO 85 90 OTHELLO Most potent. Till now some nine moons wasted. Of spirit so still and quiet that her motion Blushed at herself. what charms. true I have married her. And she. and what mighty magic (For such proceeding I am charged withal) I won his daughter. It is most true. grave. in spite of nature. of country. no more. The very head and front of my offending Hath this extent. I will a round unvarnished tale deliver Of my whole course of love—what drugs. by your gracious patience. And little of this great world can I speak More than pertains to feats of broil and battle. For since these arms of mine had seven years’ pith. And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. they have used Their dearest action in the tented field. Here is the man—this Moor. BRABANTIO A maiden never bold. What conjuration. and reverend signiors. SC. but this is so. to Othello What.

He wrought upon her. 120 125 130 135 140 OTHELLO Ancient. SC. 3 That will confess perfection so could err Against all rules of nature. DUKE Say it. Send for the lady to the Sagittary And let her speak of me before her father. 145 OTHELLO Her father loved me. You best know the place. Or with some dram conjured to this effect. Iago and Attendants exit. oft invited me. But. And she in mine. and such fair question As soul to soul affordeth? OTHELLO I do beseech you. but let your sentence Even fall upon my life. Othello. I therefore vouch again That with some mixtures powerful o’er the blood. To vouch this is no proof DUKE Without more wider and more overt test Than these thin habits and poor likelihoods Of modern seeming do prefer against him. and must be driven To find out practices of cunning hell Why this should be. So justly to your grave ears I’ll present How I did thrive in this fair lady’s love.LN 0447 LN 0448 LN 0449 LN 0450 LN 0451 LN 0452 LN 0453 LN 0454 LN 0455 LN 0456 LN 0457 LN 0458 LN 0459 LN 0460 LN 0461 LN 0462 LN 0463 LN 0464 LN 0465 LN 0466 LN 0467 LN 0468 LN 0469 LN 0470 LN 0471 LN 0472 LN 0473 LN 0474 LN 0475 LN 0476 LN 0477 LN 0478 LN 0479 37 Othello ACT 1. as truly as to heaven I do confess the vices of my blood. DUKE Fetch Desdemona hither. speak: FIRST SENATOR Did you by indirect and forcèd courses Subdue and poison this young maid’s affections? Or came it by request. Othello. If you do find me foul in her report. Not only take away. the office I do hold of you. conduct them. And till she come. Still questioned me the story of my life 150 . The trust.

It was my hint to speak—such was my process— And of the cannibals that each other eat. Which ever as she could with haste dispatch She’d come again. My story being done. Wherein of antres vast and deserts idle. ’Twas pitiful. Of being taken by the insolent foe And sold to slavery. She swore. And often did beguile her of her tears When I did speak of some distressful stroke That my youth suffered. Of hairbreadth ’scapes i’ th’ imminent deadly breach. and with a greedy ear Devour up my discourse. She gave me for my pains a world of sighs. Rough quarries. I ran it through. ’twas wondrous pitiful. I did consent. observing. and found good means To draw from her a prayer of earnest heart That I would all my pilgrimage dilate. The Anthropophagi. Took once a pliant hour. rocks. of my redemption thence. These things to hear Would Desdemona seriously incline. and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders. ACT 1. But still the house affairs would draw her thence. SC. Which I. fortunes That I have passed. sieges. 3 155 160 165 170 175 180 185 . Whereof by parcels she had something heard. But not intentively. And portance in my traveler’s history. even from my boyish days To th’ very moment that he bade me tell it. Wherein I spoke of most disastrous chances: Of moving accidents by flood and field. ’twas passing strange. and hills whose heads touch heaven. ’twas strange.LN 0480 LN 0481 LN 0482 LN 0483 LN 0484 LN 0485 LN 0486 LN 0487 LN 0488 LN 0489 LN 0490 LN 0491 LN 0492 LN 0493 LN 0494 LN 0495 LN 0496 LN 0497 LN 0498 LN 0499 LN 0500 LN 0501 LN 0502 LN 0503 LN 0504 LN 0505 LN 0506 LN 0507 LN 0508 LN 0509 LN 0510 LN 0511 LN 0512 LN 0513 LN 0514 LN 0515 39 Othello From year to year—the battles. in faith.

But here’s my husband.LN 0516 LN 0517 LN 0518 LN 0519 LN 0520 LN 0521 LN 0522 LN 0523 LN 0524 LN 0525 LN 0526 LN 0527 LN 0528 LN 0529 LN 0530 LN 0531 LN 0532 LN 0533 LN 0534 LN 0535 LN 0536 LN 0537 LN 0538 LN 0539 LN 0540 LN 0541 LN 0542 LN 0543 LN 0544 LN 0545 LN 0546 LN 0547 LN 0548 41 Othello ACT 1. She loved me for the dangers I had passed. Men do their broken weapons rather use Than their bare hands. Do you perceive in all this noble company Where most you owe obedience? DESDEMONA My noble father. if I had a friend that loved her. 3 She wished she had not heard it. I am hitherto your daughter. too. This only is the witchcraft I have used. BRABANTIO I pray you hear her speak. To you I am bound for life and education. You are the lord of duty. Here comes the lady. Attendants. My life and education both do learn me How to respect you. I do perceive here a divided duty. And I loved her that she did pity them. Upon this hint I spake. I should but teach him how to tell my story. 190 195 Enter Desdemona. SC. yet she wished That heaven had made her such a man. BRABANTIO God be with you! I have done. So much I challenge that I may profess Due to the Moor my lord. And bade me. And that would woo her. If she confess that she was half the wooer. Good Brabantio. DUKE I think this tale would win my daughter. gentle mistress.—Come hither. Let her witness it. Destruction on my head if my bad blame Light on the man. preferring you before her father. And so much duty as my mother showed To you. Take up this mangled matter at the best. 200 205 210 215 . Iago. She thanked me.

When remedies are past. The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. To hang clogs on them. must of poor patience borrow. the griefs are ended By seeing the worst. He robs himself that spends a bootless grief. He bears the sentence well that nothing bears But the free comfort which from thence he hears. which late on hopes depended. 220 225 DUKE Let me speak like yourself and lay a sentence. I had rather to adopt a child than get it. To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on. We lose it not so long as we can smile. 230 235 240 BRABANTIO So let the Turk of Cyprus us beguile. For thy escape would teach me tyranny. my lord. but thou hast already. I here do give thee that with all my heart Which. Patience her injury a mock’ry makes.LN 0549 LN 0550 LN 0551 LN 0552 LN 0553 LN 0554 LN 0555 LN 0556 LN 0557 LN 0558 LN 0559 LN 0560 LN 0561 LN 0562 LN 0563 LN 0564 LN 0565 LN 0566 LN 0567 LN 0568 LN 0569 LN 0570 LN 0571 LN 0572 LN 0573 LN 0574 LN 0575 LN 0576 LN 0577 LN 0578 LN 0579 LN 0580 LN 0581 LN 0582 43 Othello ACT 1. I humbly beseech you. Moor.— Come hither. These sentences to sugar or to gall. But words are words. What cannot be preserved when fortune takes. I am glad at soul I have no other child. are equivocal. with all my heart I would keep from thee. Which as a grise or step may help these lovers Into your favor. on to the state affairs.—I have done. I never yet did hear That the bruised heart was piercèd through the ear. proceed to th’ affairs of state.—For your sake. to pay grief. 245 250 . Being strong on both sides. But he bears both the sentence and the sorrow That. 3 Please it your Grace. SC. jewel.

most grave senators. and do undertake This present wars against the Ottomites. throws a more safer voice on you. My heart’s subdued Even to the very quality of my lord. DESDEMONA Nor would I there reside To put my father in impatient thoughts By being in his eye. Hath made the flinty and steel couch of war My thrice-driven bed of down. Most humbly. Othello. 285 . OTHELLO LN 0608 LN 0609 LN 0610 LN 0611 LN 0612 LN 0613 LN 0614 LN 0615 265 270 Why.LN 0583 LN 0584 LN 0585 LN 0586 LN 0587 LN 0588 LN 0589 LN 0590 LN 0591 LN 0592 LN 0593 LN 0594 LN 0595 LN 0596 LN 0597 LN 0598 LN 0599 LN 0600 LN 0601 LN 0602 45 Othello The Turk with a most mighty preparation makes for Cyprus. at her father’s. Nor I. SC. 3 I will not have it so. a sovereign mistress of effects. therefore. You must therefore be content to slubber the gloss of your new fortunes with this more stubborn and boist’rous expedition. And though we have there a substitute of most allowed sufficiency. I crave fit disposition for my wife. bending to your state. yet opinion. DUKE The tyrant custom. With such accommodation and besort As levels with her breeding. Most gracious duke. DUKE What would you. I do agnize A natural and prompt alacrity I find in hardness. To my unfolding lend your prosperous ear And let me find a charter in your voice T’ assist my simpleness. LN 0604 LN 0607 260 DUKE BRABANTIO LN 0606 255 OTHELLO LN 0603 LN 0605 ACT 1. Desdemona? 275 280 DESDEMONA That I love the Moor to live with him My downright violence and storm of fortunes May trumpet to the world. the fortitude of the place is best known to you. Due reference of place and exhibition.

Vouch with me. Nor to comply with heat (the young affects In me defunct) and proper satisfaction. 310 FIRST SENATOR You must away tonight. when light-winged toys Of feathered Cupid seel with wanton dullness My speculative and officed instruments. OTHELLO With all my heart. and he go to the war. But to be free and bounteous to her mind.LN 0616 LN 0617 LN 0618 LN 0619 LN 0620 LN 0621 LN 0622 LN 0623 LN 0624 LN 0625 LN 0626 LN 0627 LN 0628 LN 0629 LN 0630 LN 0631 LN 0632 LN 0633 LN 0634 LN 0635 LN 0636 LN 0637 LN 0638 LN 0639 LN 0640 LN 0641 LN 0642 LN 0643 LN 0644 LN 0645 LN 0646 LN 0647 LN 0648 LN 0649 47 Othello I saw Othello’s visage in his mind. leave some officer behind And he shall our commission bring to you. SC. 315 DUKE At nine i’ th’ morning here we’ll meet again. OTHELLO Let her have your voice. dear lords. And speed must answer it. With such things else of quality and respect As doth import you. That my disports corrupt and taint my business. Othello. 3 290 295 300 305 DUKE Be it as you shall privately determine. Let housewives make a skillet of my helm. Let me go with him. So that. Either for her stay or going. ACT 1. And heaven defend your good souls that you think I will your serious and great business scant For she is with me. Th’ affair cries haste. A moth of peace. The rites for why I love him are bereft me And I a heavy interim shall support By his dear absence. 320 . heaven. No. And to his honors and his valiant parts Did I my soul and fortunes consecrate. And all indign and base adversities Make head against my estimation. I therefore beg it not To please the palate of my appetite. if I be left behind.

BRABANTIO Look to her. brave Moor. Why. We must obey the time. and direction To spend with thee. Othello and Desdemona exit. 3 So please your Grace. And bring them after in the best advantage. If virtue no delighted beauty lack. and Officers exit. He exits. my LN 0650 OTHELLO LN 0651 ancient. Your son-in-law is far more fair than black. noble heart? RODERIGO What will I do. I have but an hour Of love. To Brabantio. LN 0652 LN 0653 LN 0654 LN 0655 LN 0656 LN 0657 LN 0658 LN 0659 LN 0660 LN 0661 LN 0662 LN 0663 LN 0664 LN 0665 LN 0666 LN 0667 LN 0668 LN 0669 LN 0670 LN 0671 LN 0672 LN 0673 LN 0674 LN 0675 LN 0676 LN 0677 LN 0678 LN 0679 LN 0680 LN 0681 325 330 FIRST SENATOR Adieu. DUKE Let it be so. I prithee let thy wife attend on her. OTHELLO My life upon her faith! The Duke. 335 340 345 350 . use Desdemona well. RODERIGO I will incontinently drown myself. noble signior. I shall never love thee after. Desdemona. think’st thou? IAGO Why. Moor. when to live is torment. Honest Iago.49 Othello ACT 1. And. and may thee. Cassio. of worldly matters. RODERIGO Iago— IAGO What sayst thou. My Desdemona must I leave to thee. thou silly gentleman! RODERIGO It is silliness to live. the Senators.— Come. go to bed and sleep. To his conveyance I assign my wife. With what else needful your good Grace shall think To be sent after me. Good night to everyone. IAGO If thou dost. She has deceived her father. and then have we a prescription to die when death is our physician. SC. A man he is of honesty and trust. if thou hast eyes to see.

IAGO It is merely a lust of the blood and a permission of the will. supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many. villainous! I have looked upon the world for four times seven years. Follow thou the wars. IAGO Virtue? A fig! ’Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. either to have it sterile with idleness or manured with industry. our unbitted lusts— whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect. It was a violent commencement in her. but it is not in my virtue to amend it. But we have reason to cool our raging motions. or scion. why the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills. So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce. set hyssop and weed up thyme. and I confess me knit to thy deserving with cables of perdurable toughness. SC. RODERIGO What should I do? I confess it is my shame to be so fond. Put money in thy purse. I say. I could never better stead thee than now. Our bodies are our gardens. Come. 3 O. to the which our wills are gardeners. and since I could distinguish betwixt a benefit and an injury. RODERIGO It cannot be. It cannot be that Desdemona should long continue her love to the Moor—put money in thy purse— nor he his to her. I would change my humanity with a baboon. I have professed me thy friend. defeat thy favor with an usurped beard. be a man! Drown thyself? Drown cats and blind puppies. Ere I would say I would drown myself for the love of a guinea hen. and thou shalt see an answerable sequestration IAGO 355 360 365 370 375 380 385 .LN 0682 LN 0683 LN 0684 LN 0685 LN 0686 LN 0687 LN 0688 LN 0689 LN 0690 LN 0691 LN 0692 LN 0693 LN 0694 LN 0695 LN 0696 LN 0697 LN 0698 LN 0699 LN 0700 LN 0701 LN 0702 LN 0703 LN 0704 LN 0705 LN 0706 LN 0707 LN 0708 LN 0709 LN 0710 LN 0711 LN 0712 LN 0713 LN 0714 LN 0715 LN 0716 LN 0717 51 Othello ACT 1. the blood and baseness of our natures would conduct us to most prepost’rous conclusions. I never found man that knew how to love himself. our carnal stings. If the balance of our lives had not one scale of reason to poise another of sensuality. put money in thy purse.

When she is sated with his body she will find the error of her choice. These Moors are changeable in their wills. Go. RODERIGO Where shall we meet i’ th’ morning? IAGO At my lodging. farewell. IAGO Go to. Roderigo? RODERIGO What say you? IAGO No more of drowning. thou shalt enjoy her. If thou canst cuckold him. IAGO Go to. Traverse.LN 0718 LN 0719 LN 0720 LN 0721 LN 0722 LN 0723 LN 0724 LN 0725 LN 0726 LN 0727 LN 0728 LN 0729 LN 0730 LN 0731 LN 0732 LN 0733 LN 0734 LN 0735 LN 0736 LN 0737 LN 0738 LN 0739 LN 0740 LN 0741 LN 0742 LN 0743 LN 0744 LN 0745 LN 0746 LN 0747 LN 0748 LN 0749 LN 0750 LN 0751 LN 0752 LN 0753 53 Othello ACT 1. My cause is hearted. thine hath no less reason. Fill thy purse with money. thou dost thyself a pleasure. I have told thee often. 390 395 400 405 410 415 420 . 3 —put but money in thy purse. Let us be conjunctive in our revenge against him. Therefore. We will have more of this tomorrow. make money. Do you hear. do you hear? RODERIGO I am changed. A pox of drowning thyself! It is clean out of the way. Seek thou rather to be hanged in compassing thy joy than to be drowned and go without her. Make all the money thou canst. Put money enough in your purse. There are many events in the womb of time which will be delivered. me a sport. She must change for youth. and I retell thee again and again. RODERIGO I’ll be with thee betimes. SC. If sanctimony and a frail vow betwixt an erring barbarian and a supersubtle Venetian be not too hard for my wits and all the tribe of hell. Therefore make money. I hate the Moor. The food that to him now is as luscious as locusts shall be to him shortly as bitter as coloquintida. farewell. put money in thy purse. RODERIGO Wilt thou be fast to my hopes if I depend on the issue? IAGO Thou art sure of me. go. do it a more delicate way than drowning. Adieu. provide thy money. If thou wilt needs damn thyself.

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with high and monstrous mane. The chidden billow seems to pelt the clouds. they are drowned. Can hold the mortise? What shall we hear of this? 5 SECOND GENTLEMAN A segregation of the Turkish fleet. when mountains melt on them. I cannot ’twixt the heaven and the main Descry a sail. I never did like molestation view On the enchafèd flood. A fuller blast ne’er shook our battlements. MONTANO Methinks the wind hath spoke aloud at land. It is impossible to bear it out. MONTANO What from the cape can you discern at sea? FIRST GENTLEMAN Nothing at all. It is a high-wrought flood. If it hath ruffianed so upon the sea. The wind-shaked surge.LN 0777 LN 0778 LN 0779 LN 0780 LN 0781 LN 0782 LN 0783 LN 0784 LN 0785 LN 0786 LN 0787 LN 0788 LN 0789 LN 0790 LN 0791 LN 0792 LN 0793 LN 0794 LN 0795 LN 0796 LN 0797 Scene 1 Enter Montano and two Gentlemen. For do but stand upon the foaming shore. What ribs of oak. MONTANO If that the Turkish fleet Be not ensheltered and embayed. 59 10 15 20 . Seems to cast water on the burning Bear And quench the guards of th’ ever-fixèd pole.

That so approve the Moor! O. Is come on shore. For I have served him. MONTANO Pray heaven he be. Let’s to the seaside. And is in full commission here for Cyprus. THIRD GENTLEMAN 30 MONTANO I am glad on ’t. you the valiant of this warlike isle. Come. lads! Our wars are done. A Veronesa. Lieutenant to the warlike Moor Othello. yet he looks sadly And prays the Moor be safe. let the heavens 35 40 45 . A noble ship of Venice Hath seen a grievous wrack and sufferance On most part of their fleet. let’s do so. The desperate tempest hath so banged the Turks That their designment halts. THIRD GENTLEMAN 25 MONTANO How? Is this true? The ship is here put in. though he speak of comfort Touching the Turkish loss. News. the Moor himself at sea. CASSIO Thanks. Enter Cassio. 1 Enter a third Gentleman. THIRD GENTLEMAN For every minute is expectancy Of more arrivance. and the man commands Like a full soldier. THIRD GENTLEMAN But this same Cassio. ’Tis a worthy governor. Even till we make the main and th’ aerial blue An indistinct regard.LN 0798 LN 0799 LN 0800 LN 0801 LN 0802 LN 0803 LN 0804 LN 0805 LN 0806 LN 0807 LN 0808 LN 0809 LN 0810 LN 0811 LN 0812 LN 0813 LN 0814 LN 0815 LN 0816 LN 0817 LN 0818 LN 0819 LN 0820 LN 0821 LN 0822 LN 0823 LN 0824 LN 0825 61 Othello ACT 2. SC. ho! As well to see the vessel that’s come in As to throw out our eyes for brave Othello. for they were parted With foul and violent tempest. Michael Cassio.

SECOND GENTLEMAN They do discharge their shot of courtesy. Voices cry within. CASSIO I pray you. on the brow o’ th’ sea Stand ranks of people. Stand in bold cure. Enter Second Gentleman. He exits. at least.LN 0826 LN 0827 LN 0828 LN 0829 LN 0830 LN 0831 LN 0832 LN 0833 LN 0834 LN 0835 LN 0836 LN 0837 LN 0838 LN 0839 LN 0840 LN 0841 LN 0842 LN 0843 LN 0844 LN 0845 LN 0846 LN 0847 LN 0848 63 Othello ACT 2. and his pilot Of very expert and approved allowance. not surfeited to death. CASSIO What noise? MESSENGER The town is empty. He hath achieved a maid That paragons description and wild fame. SECOND GENTLEMAN I shall. a sail. And give us truth who ’tis that is arrived. One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens. 65 MONTANO But. go forth. Our friends. MONTANO Is he well shipped? 50 CASSIO His bark is stoutly timbered. How now? Who has put in? 70 . and they cry “A sail!” CASSIO My hopes do shape him for the Governor. a sail!” 55 Enter a Messenger. Therefore my hopes. 1 Give him defense against the elements. “A sail. And in th’ essential vesture of creation Does tire the ingener. 60 A shot. good lieutenant. is your general wived? CASSIO Most fortunately. SC. For I have lost him on a dangerous sea. sir.

Whose footing here anticipates our thoughts A sennight’s speed. Hail to thee. He rises. ancient to the General. MONTANO What is she? 75 80 CASSIO She that I spake of. Make love’s quick pants in Desdemona’s arms. That he may bless this bay with his tall ship. and on every hand Enwheel thee round. valiant Cassio. Give renewed fire to our extincted spirits. do omit Their mortal natures. As having sense of beauty. lady. behold. He kneels. SC. DESDEMONA I thank you. The guttered rocks and congregated sands (Traitors ensteeped to clog the guiltless keel). let her have your knees. Left in the conduct of the bold Iago.LN 0849 LN 0850 LN 0851 LN 0852 LN 0853 LN 0854 LN 0855 LN 0856 LN 0857 LN 0858 LN 0859 LN 0860 LN 0861 LN 0862 LN 0863 LN 0864 LN 0865 LN 0866 LN 0867 LN 0868 LN 0869 LN 0870 LN 0871 LN 0872 LN 0873 LN 0874 LN 0875 LN 0876 LN 0877 65 Othello ACT 2. but I fear—How lost you company? 100 . and Emilia. our great captain’s captain. behind thee. high seas. letting go safely by The divine Desdemona. nor know I aught But that he’s well and will be shortly here. 1 SECOND GENTLEMAN ’Tis one Iago. Roderigo. And bring all Cyprus comfort! 85 90 Enter Desdemona. O. The riches of the ship is come on shore! You men of Cyprus. What tidings can you tell of my lord? 95 CASSIO He is not yet arrived. DESDEMONA O. CASSIO ’Has had most favorable and happy speed! Tempests themselves. Iago. and howling winds. Before. and the grace of heaven. And swell his sail with thine own powerful breath. Othello guard. Great Jove.

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The great contention of sea and skies
Parted our fellowship.
Within “A sail, a sail!” A shot.
But hark, a sail!

They give their greeting to the citadel.
This likewise is a friend.
See for the news.
Second Gentleman exits.
Good ancient, you are welcome. Welcome, mistress.
He kisses Emilia.
Let it not gall your patience, good Iago,
That I extend my manners. ’Tis my breeding
That gives me this bold show of courtesy.




Sir, would she give you so much of her lips
As of her tongue she oft bestows on me,
You would have enough.

Alas, she has no speech!
In faith, too much.
I find it still when I have list to sleep.
Marry, before your Ladyship, I grant,
She puts her tongue a little in her heart
And chides with thinking.
You have little cause to say so.
IAGO Come on, come on! You are pictures out of door,
bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens,
saints in your injuries, devils being offended, players
in your huswifery, and huswives in your beds.
DESDEMONA Oh, fie upon thee, slanderer.




Nay, it is true, or else I am a Turk.
You rise to play, and go to bed to work.

You shall not write my praise.



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No, let me not.



What wouldst write of me if thou shouldst praise

O, gentle lady, do not put me to ’t,
For I am nothing if not critical.

Come on, assay.—There’s one gone to the harbor?
IAGO Ay, madam.
I am not merry, but I do beguile
The thing I am by seeming otherwise.—
Come, how wouldst thou praise me?
IAGO I am about it, but indeed my invention comes
from my pate as birdlime does from frieze: it
plucks out brains and all. But my muse labors, and
thus she is delivered:
If she be fair and wise, fairness and wit,
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Well praised! How if she be black and witty?

If she be black, and thereto have a wit,
She’ll find a white that shall her blackness hit.

Worse and worse.

How if fair and foolish?



She never yet was foolish that was fair,
For even her folly helped her to an heir.
DESDEMONA These are old fond paradoxes to make
fools laugh i’ th’ alehouse. What miserable praise
hast thou for her that’s foul and foolish?

There’s none so foul and foolish thereunto,
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She that was ever fair and never proud,
Had tongue at will and yet was never loud,
Never lacked gold and yet went never gay,
Fled from her wish, and yet said “Now I may,”
She that being angered, her revenge being nigh,
Bade her wrong stay and her displeasure fly,
She that in wisdom never was so frail
To change the cod’s head for the salmon’s tail,
She that could think and ne’er disclose her mind,
See suitors following and not look behind,
She was a wight, if ever such wight were—
DESDEMONA To do what?




To suckle fools and chronicle small beer.
DESDEMONA O, most lame and impotent conclusion!
—Do not learn of him, Emilia, though he be thy
husband.—How say you, Cassio? Is he not a most
profane and liberal counselor?
CASSIO He speaks home, madam. You may relish him
more in the soldier than in the scholar.
Cassio takes Desdemona’s hand.
IAGO , aside
He takes her by the palm. Ay, well said,
whisper. With as little a web as this will I ensnare as
great a fly as Cassio. Ay, smile upon her, do. I will
gyve thee in thine own courtship. You say true, ’tis
so indeed. If such tricks as these strip you out of
your lieutenantry, it had been better you had not
kissed your three fingers so oft, which now again
you are most apt to play the sir in. Very good; well
kissed; an excellent courtesy! ’Tis so, indeed. Yet





As honest as I am. DESDEMONA Let’s meet him and receive him. ’Twere now to be most happy. and duck again as low As hell’s from heaven! If it were now to die. and this. DESDEMONA The heavens forbid But that our loves and comforts should increase Even as our days do grow! OTHELLO Amen to that. CASSIO ’Tis truly so. 200 205 210 215 220 . for I fear My soul hath her content so absolute That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate. And this. sweet powers! I cannot speak enough of this content. OTHELLO Come. the greatest discords be That e’er our hearts shall make! IAGO . CASSIO Lo. it is too much of joy. May the winds blow till they have wakened death. SC. aside O. OTHELLO O. Let us to the castle. The Moor. The Turks are drowned. O my soul’s joy! If after every tempest come such calms. They kiss. you are well tuned now. 1 again your fingers to your lips? Would they were clyster pipes for your sake! Trumpets within. my fair warrior! DESDEMONA My dear Othello! OTHELLO It gives me wonder great as my content To see you here before me.LN 0967 LN 0968 LN 0969 LN 0970 LN 0971 LN 0972 LN 0973 LN 0974 LN 0975 LN 0976 LN 0977 LN 0978 LN 0979 LN 0980 LN 0981 LN 0982 LN 0983 LN 0984 LN 0985 LN 0986 LN 0987 LN 0988 LN 0989 LN 0990 LN 0991 LN 0992 LN 0993 LN 0994 LN 0995 LN 0996 LN 0997 LN 0998 LN 0999 73 Othello ACT 2. friends! Our wars are done. And let the laboring bark climb hills of seas Olympus high. But I’ll set down the pegs that make this music. I know his trumpet.— News. where he comes! 195 Enter Othello and Attendants. It stops me here.

I must tell thee this: Desdemona is directly in love with him. I have found great love amongst them. Now. Come hither. loveliness in favor. there should be. to a departing Attendant Do thou meet me presently at the harbor. well met at Cyprus. again to inflame it and to give satiety a fresh appetite. disrelish and abhor the Moor. All but Iago and Roderigo exit. all which the Moor is defective in. O. RODERIGO With him? Why. Once more. sir. First. Very nature will instruct her in it and compel her to some second choice. begin to heave the gorge. you shall be well desired in Cyprus. And will she love him still for prating? Let not thy discreet heart think it. Now. and his worthiness Does challenge much respect. Bring thou the master to the citadel. If thou be’st valiant—as they say base men being in love have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them—list me. IAGO . Mark me with what violence she first loved the Moor but for bragging and telling her fantastical lies. Go to the bay and disembark my coffers. and beauties. 1 How does my old acquaintance of this isle?— Honey.—Come. Her eye must be fed. and let thy soul be instructed. IAGO Lay thy finger thus. her delicate tenderness will find itself abused. and I dote In mine own comforts. manners.LN 1000 LN 1001 LN 1002 LN 1003 LN 1004 LN 1005 LN 1006 LN 1007 LN 1008 LN 1009 LN 1010 LN 1011 LN 1012 LN 1013 LN 1014 LN 1015 LN 1016 LN 1017 LN 1018 LN 1019 LN 1020 LN 1021 LN 1022 LN 1023 LN 1024 LN 1025 LN 1026 LN 1027 LN 1028 LN 1029 LN 1030 LN 1031 LN 1032 LN 1033 LN 1034 75 Othello ACT 2. The Lieutenant tonight watches on the court of guard. I prattle out of fashion. ’tis not possible. sympathy in years. He is a good one. this granted—as it is a most pregnant and unforced position—who stands so eminent in the degree of 225 230 235 240 245 250 255 . To Roderigo. And what delight shall she have to look on the devil? When the blood is made dull with the act of sport. for want of these required conveniences. my sweet.—I prithee. SC. good Iago. Desdemona.

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’tis apt and of great credit. The Moor. I’ll have our Michael Cassio on the hip.LN 1071 LN 1072 LN 1073 LN 1074 LN 1075 LN 1076 LN 1077 LN 1078 LN 1079 LN 1080 LN 1081 LN 1082 LN 1083 LN 1084 LN 1085 LN 1086 LN 1087 LN 1088 LN 1089 LN 1090 LN 1091 LN 1092 LN 1093 LN 1094 LN 1095 LN 1096 LN 1097 LN 1098 LN 1099 LN 1100 LN 1101 LN 1102 LN 1103 LN 1104 LN 1105 79 Othello ACT 2. Is of a constant. without the which there were no expectation of our prosperity. SC. And I dare think he’ll prove to Desdemona A most dear husband. noble nature. Which thing to do. I do well believe ’t. So shall you have a shorter journey to your desires by the means I shall then have to prefer them. 310 315 320 325 . whose qualification shall come into no true taste again but by the displanting of Cassio. Now. whom I trace For his quick hunting. gnaw my inwards. if you can bring it to any opportunity. RODERIGO I will do this. That she loves him. Or. howbeit that I endure him not. 1 haply may strike at you. Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb (For I fear Cassio with my nightcap too). yet that I put the Moor At least into a jealousy so strong That judgment cannot cure. loving. IAGO I warrant thee. Not out of absolute lust (though peradventure I stand accountant for as great a sin) But partly led to diet my revenge For that I do suspect the lusty Moor Hath leaped into my seat—the thought whereof Doth. I do love her too. Provoke him that he may. And nothing can or shall content my soul Till I am evened with him. like a poisonous mineral. 295 300 305 IAGO That Cassio loves her. stand the putting on. Meet me by and by at the citadel. I must fetch his necessaries ashore. and the impediment most profitably removed. wife for wife. for even out of that will I cause these of Cyprus to mutiny. He exits. failing so. RODERIGO Adieu. Farewell. If this poor trash of Venice.

Let’s teach ourselves that honorable stop Not to outsport discretion. He exits. importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet. CASSIO Iago hath direction what to do. OTHELLO Good Michael. look you to the guard tonight. Heaven bless the isle of Cyprus and our noble general. that upon certain tidings now arrived. our noble and valiant general. some to make bonfires. and Attendants. 5 . with my personal eye Will I look to ’t. love me. but yet confused. HERALD 5 10 Scene 3 Enter Othello. Cassio. Knavery’s plain face is never seen till used. It is Othello’s pleasure. For besides these beneficial news. 2/3 Make the Moor thank me. and there is full liberty of feasting from this present hour of five till the bell have told eleven. ’Tis here. But notwithstanding. Othello! He exits. it is the celebration of his nuptial. SC.LN 1106 LN 1107 LN 1108 LN 1109 LN 1110 LN 1111 LN 1112 LN 1113 LN 1114 LN 1115 LN 1116 LN 1117 LN 1118 LN 1119 LN 1120 LN 1121 LN 1122 LN 1123 LN 1124 LN 1125 LN 1126 LN 1127 LN 1128 81 Othello ACT 2. and reward me For making him egregiously an ass And practicing upon his peace and quiet Even to madness. each man to what sport and revels his addition leads him. Desdemona. 330 Scene 2 Enter Othello’s Herald with a proclamation. every man put himself into triumph: some to dance. So much was his pleasure should be proclaimed All offices are open.

is it not an alarum to love? CASSIO She is indeed perfection. I’ll drink for you. The purchase made. Come. my dear love. Iago. Our general cast us thus early for the love of his Desdemona—who let us not therefore blame. she’s a most fresh and delicate creature. 15 20 25 30 35 . and here without are a brace of Cyprus gallants that would fain have a measure to the health of black Othello. ’Tis not yet ten o’ th’ clock. IAGO O. SC. with Attendants.— Goodnight. OTHELLO 10 Enter Iago.LN 1129 LN 1130 LN 1131 LN 1132 LN 1133 LN 1134 LN 1135 LN 1136 LN 1137 LN 1138 LN 1139 LN 1140 LN 1141 LN 1142 LN 1143 LN 1144 LN 1145 LN 1146 LN 1147 LN 1148 LN 1149 LN 1150 LN 1151 LN 1152 LN 1153 LN 1154 LN 1155 LN 1156 LN 1157 LN 1158 LN 1159 LN 1160 LN 1161 83 Othello ACT 2. That profit’s yet to come ’tween me and you. happiness to their sheets! Come. I could well wish courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment. We must to the watch. CASSIO She’s a most exquisite lady. and she is sport for Jove. full of game. IAGO Well. IAGO And when she speaks. Othello and Desdemona exit. lieutenant. I’ll warrant her. lieutenant. IAGO And. goodnight. good Iago. Michael. I have a stoup of wine. they are our friends! But one cup. CASSIO An inviting eye. the fruits are to ensue. Tomorrow with your earliest Let me have speech with you. CASSIO Indeed. he hath not yet made wanton the night with her. CASSIO Welcome. I have very poor and unhappy brains for drinking. CASSIO Not tonight. 3 Iago is most honest. and yet methinks right modest. IAGO Not this hour. To Desdemona. IAGO What an eye she has! Methinks it sounds a parley to provocation.

But here they come. He exits. I am unfortunate in the infirmity and dare not task my weakness with any more. Have I tonight flustered with flowing cups. Three else of Cyprus. noble swelling spirits That hold their honors in a wary distance. and that was craftily qualified too.LN 1162 LN 1163 LN 1164 LN 1165 LN 1166 LN 1167 LN 1168 LN 1169 LN 1170 LN 1171 LN 1172 LN 1173 LN 1174 LN 1175 LN 1176 LN 1177 LN 1178 LN 1179 LN 1180 LN 1181 LN 1182 LN 1183 LN 1184 LN 1185 LN 1186 LN 1187 LN 1188 LN 1189 LN 1190 LN 1191 LN 1192 LN 1193 85 Othello ACT 2. and behold what innovation it makes here. Montano. To Desdemona hath tonight caroused Potations pottle-deep. CASSIO Where are they? IAGO Here at the door. MONTANO Good faith. 3 I have drunk but one cup tonight. ho! CASSIO 70 . not past a pint. He’ll be as full of quarrel and offense As my young mistress’ dog. a little one. man! ’Tis a night of revels. The gallants desire it. And they watch too. 50 55 60 65 Enter Cassio. CASSIO I’ll do ’t. IAGO Some wine. CASSIO 40 45 IAGO If I can fasten but one cup upon him With that which he hath drunk tonight already. but it dislikes me. Now my sick fool Roderigo. Now. IAGO What. If consequence do but approve my dream. they have given me a rouse already. Whom love hath turned almost the wrong side out. SC. call them in. followed by Servants with wine. as I am a soldier. I pray you. My boat sails freely both with wind and stream. ’mongst this flock of drunkards Am I to put our Cassio in some action That may offend the isle. and he’s to watch. and Gentlemen. ’Fore God. The very elements of this warlike isle.

with facility. and I’ll do you justice. an excellent song. ’Tis pride that pulls the country down. With that he called the tailor lown. then. He sweats not to overthrow your Almain. lieutenant. And let me the cannikin clink. A soldier’s a man. man’s life’s but a span. 75 80 85 90 95 100 105 . clink. and there be souls must not be saved. Why. And let me the cannikin clink. And thou art but of low degree. where indeed they are most potent in potting. he drinks you. for I hold him to be unworthy of his place that does those things. your Dane dead drunk. SC. He gives your Hollander a vomit ere the next pottle can be filled. Some wine. Your Dane. Some wine. He was a wight of high renown. O. this is a more exquisite song than the other! IAGO Will you hear ’t again? CASSIO No. your German. King Stephen was and-a worthy peer. IAGO I learned it in England. 3 Sings. Then take thy auld cloak about thee. boys! CASSIO ’Fore God. His breeches cost him but a crown. and your swag-bellied Hollander—drink. CASSIO To the health of our general! MONTANO I am for it. and there be souls must be saved.LN 1194 LN 1195 LN 1196 LN 1197 LN 1198 LN 1199 LN 1200 LN 1201 LN 1202 LN 1203 LN 1204 LN 1205 LN 1206 LN 1207 LN 1208 LN 1209 LN 1210 LN 1211 LN 1212 LN 1213 LN 1214 LN 1215 LN 1216 LN 1217 LN 1218 LN 1219 LN 1220 LN 1221 LN 1222 LN 1223 LN 1224 LN 1225 LN 1226 LN 1227 LN 1228 LN 1229 LN 1230 87 Othello ACT 2. let a soldier drink. ho! CASSIO ’Fore God. God’s above all. Well. CASSIO Is your Englishman so exquisite in his drinking? IAGO Why. IAGO O sweet England! Sings. ho!—are nothing to your English. He held them sixpence all too dear.

SC. let’s set the watch. Will shake this island. this is my right hand. and this is my left. MONTANO But is he often thus? 125 130 IAGO ’Tis evermore the prologue to his sleep. He exits. to Montano You see this fellow that is gone before? He’s a soldier fit to stand by Caesar And give direction. by your leave. GENTLEMEN Excellent well. ’Tis pity of him. I am drunk. On some odd time of his infirmity. God forgive us our sins! Gentlemen. and do but see his vice. Perhaps he sees it not. Gentlemen exit. gentlemen. but. You must not think then that I am drunk. CASSIO Ay. The one as long as th’ other. not before me. IAGO And so do I too. lieutenant. Come. The Lieutenant is to be saved before the Ancient. and I speak well enough. I can stand well enough. MONTANO It were well The General were put in mind of it. let’s look to our business. Do not think. good lieutenant. IAGO . Let’s to our affairs. nor any man of quality—I hope to be saved. This is my ancient. or his good nature Prizes the virtue that appears in Cassio And looks not on his evils. 3 It’s true. I am not drunk now. very well then. He’ll watch the horologe a double set If drink rock not his cradle. ’Tis to his virtue a just equinox. CASSIO Why. I fear the trust Othello puts him in. masters.LN 1231 LN 1232 LN 1233 LN 1234 LN 1235 LN 1236 LN 1237 LN 1238 LN 1239 LN 1240 LN 1241 LN 1242 LN 1243 LN 1244 LN 1245 LN 1246 LN 1247 LN 1248 LN 1249 LN 1250 LN 1251 LN 1252 LN 1253 LN 1254 LN 1255 LN 1256 LN 1257 LN 1258 LN 1259 LN 1260 LN 1261 LN 1262 LN 1263 89 Othello ACT 2. CASSIO For mine own part—no offense to the General. Let’s have no more of this. IAGO 110 115 120 MONTANO To th’ platform. Is not this true? 135 140 .

SC. sir. good lieutenant. you’re drunk. good lieutenant. or I’ll knock you o’er the mazard. Zounds. lieutenant? CASSIO A knave teach me my duty? I’ll beat the knave into a twiggen bottle. you rogue. I do love Cassio well and would do much To cure him of this evil— “Help. MONTANO And ’tis great pity that the noble Moor Should hazard such a place as his own second With one of an engraffed infirmity. gentlemen!— Help. sir.— God’s will. rogue? He hits Roderigo. I say! Go out and cry a mutiny. IAGO . CASSIO Let me go. masters!—Here’s a goodly watch indeed! A bell is rung. MONTANO Come. IAGO . aside to Roderigo How now. IAGO Not I.LN 1264 LN 1265 LN 1266 LN 1267 LN 1268 LN 1269 LN 1270 LN 1271 LN 1272 LN 1273 LN 1274 LN 1275 LN 1276 LN 1277 LN 1278 LN 1279 LN 1280 LN 1281 LN 1282 LN 1283 LN 1284 LN 1285 LN 1286 LN 1287 LN 1288 LN 1289 LN 1290 91 Othello ACT 2. MONTANO Nay. pursuing Roderigo. 3 Enter Roderigo. aside to Roderigo Away. for this fair island. CASSIO Drunk? They fight. RODERIGO Beat me? CASSIO Dost thou prate. CASSIO 155 160 165 . It were an honest action to say so To the Moor. Roderigo exits. ho! Lieutenant—sir—Montano— sir — Help. come. I pray you. But hark! What noise? 145 150 Enter Cassio. you rascal! MONTANO What’s the matter. help!” within. Roderigo exits. Roderigo? I pray you. after the Lieutenant. Nay. hold your hand. go.

hold! You will be shamed forever. and to ourselves do that Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites? For Christian shame. for shame! 180 OTHELLO Why. I charge thee. And would in action glorious I had lost Those legs that brought me to a part of it! 195 . Swords out. and then but now. OTHELLO What is the matter here? MONTANO Zounds. he dies upon his motion. He dies! OTHELLO He attacks Cassio. Who began this? On thy love. God’s will. I bleed still. SC. 170 Enter Othello and Attendants. I am hurt to th’ death. Speak. Hold. that looks dead with grieving. It frights the isle From her propriety. In opposition bloody. As if some planet had unwitted men. I cannot speak Any beginning to this peevish odds. how now. Hold. Friends all but now. ho! The town will rise. lieutenant. Silence that dreadful bell. and tilting one at other’s breast. 3 Who’s that which rings the bell? Diablo. masters? Honest Iago. What is the matter. put by this barbarous brawl! He that stirs next to carve for his own rage Holds his soul light.LN 1291 LN 1292 LN 1293 LN 1294 LN 1295 LN 1296 LN 1297 LN 1298 LN 1299 LN 1300 LN 1301 LN 1302 LN 1303 LN 1304 LN 1305 LN 1306 LN 1307 LN 1308 LN 1309 LN 1310 LN 1311 LN 1312 LN 1313 LN 1314 LN 1315 LN 1316 LN 1317 LN 1318 LN 1319 LN 1320 LN 1321 93 Othello ACT 2. ho! From whence ariseth this? Are we turned Turks. ho! Lieutenant—sir—Montano— gentlemen— Have you forgot all sense of place and duty? Hold! The General speaks to you. In quarter and in terms like bride and groom Divesting them for bed. 185 190 IAGO I do not know. even now. for your lives! 175 IAGO Hold.

SC. which something now offends me. Michael. And he that is approved in this offense. And passion. who began ’t? 210 215 220 225 230 . Of all that I do know. the people’s hearts brimful of fear. I am hurt to danger. and on the court and guard of safety? ’Tis monstrous. I cannot speak. To manage private and domestic quarrel. What’s the matter That you unlace your reputation thus. if I stir. Iago. In night. you are thus forgot? 200 CASSIO I pray you pardon me.LN 1322 LN 1323 LN 1324 LN 1325 LN 1326 LN 1327 LN 1328 LN 1329 LN 1330 LN 1331 LN 1332 LN 1333 LN 1334 LN 1335 LN 1336 LN 1337 LN 1338 LN 1339 LN 1340 LN 1341 LN 1342 LN 1343 LN 1344 LN 1345 LN 1346 LN 1347 LN 1348 LN 1349 LN 1350 LN 1351 LN 1352 LN 1353 95 Othello ACT 2. the best of you Shall sink in my rebuke. OTHELLO Now. Your officer Iago can inform you. in a town of war Yet wild. OTHELLO Worthy Montano. What. Assays to lead the way. both at a birth. nor know I aught By me that’s said or done amiss this night. The gravity and stillness of your youth The world hath noted. And spend your rich opinion for the name Of a night-brawler? Give me answer to it. And to defend ourselves it be a sin When violence assails us. Shall lose me. Unless self-charity be sometimes a vice. My blood begins my safer guides to rule. Give me to know How this foul rout began. Zounds. you were wont be civil. Though he had twinned with me. And your name is great In mouths of wisest censure. 3 OTHELLO How comes it. by heaven. having my best judgment collied. While I spare speech. 205 MONTANO Worthy Othello. who set it on. Or do but lift this arm.

Though Cassio did some little wrong to him. 3 MONTANO If partially affined. I had rather have this tongue cut from my mouth Than it should do offense to Michael Cassio. SC. Steps in to Cassio and entreats his pause. Iago. and I returned the rather For that I heard the clink and fall of swords And Cassio high in oath. received From him that fled some strange indignity Which patience could not pass. general: Montano and myself being in speech. More of this matter cannot I report.—Cassio. Outran my purpose. But men are men. or leagued in office. Yet I persuade myself. swift of foot. And Cassio following him with determined sword To execute upon him. Yet surely Cassio. 235 240 245 250 255 260 265 . I believe. Thou dost deliver more or less than truth. this gentleman Pointing to Montano. Thou art no soldier. the best sometimes forget. When I came back— For this was brief—I found them close together At blow and thrust. Thy honesty and love doth mince this matter. IAGO Touch me not so near. to speak the truth Shall nothing wrong him. Lest by his clamor—as it so fell out— The town might fall in fright. Sir. There comes a fellow crying out for help. I love thee. But nevermore be officer of mine. even as again they were When you yourself did part them. Myself the crying fellow did pursue. He. Thus it is. which till tonight I ne’er might say before. OTHELLO I know.LN 1354 LN 1355 LN 1356 LN 1357 LN 1358 LN 1359 LN 1360 LN 1361 LN 1362 LN 1363 LN 1364 LN 1365 LN 1366 LN 1367 LN 1368 LN 1369 LN 1370 LN 1371 LN 1372 LN 1373 LN 1374 LN 1375 LN 1376 LN 1377 LN 1378 LN 1379 LN 1380 LN 1381 LN 1382 LN 1383 LN 1384 LN 1385 LN 1386 LN 1387 97 Othello ACT 2. As men in rage strike those that wish them best. Making it light to Cassio.

Come away to bed. past all surgery. Montano is led off. God forbid! CASSIO Reputation. dear? All’s well now. Look if my gentle love be not raised up! I’ll make thee an example. Iago. even so as one would beat his offenseless dog to affright an imperious lion. I thought you had received some bodily wound. and what remains is bestial.— Come. there are ways to recover the General again! You are but now cast in his mood—a punishment more in policy than in malice. All but Iago and Cassio exit. I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself. oft got without merit and lost without deserving. Myself will be your surgeon. What. SC. You have lost no reputation at all.—Lead him off. Iago. There is more sense in that than in reputation. 3 Enter Desdemona attended. look with care about the town And silence those whom this vile brawl distracted. reputation! O. Sir. for your hurts. My reputation. ’Tis the soldier’s life To have their balmy slumbers waked with strife. unless you repute yourself such a loser. CASSIO I will rather sue to be despised than to deceive so good a commander with so slight. DESDEMONA What is the matter. reputation. IAGO Marry. LN 1391 OTHELLO LN 1392 sweeting. man. To Montano. IAGO What.LN 1388 LN 1389 LN 1390 99 Othello ACT 2. lieutenant? CASSIO Ay. Sue to him again and he’s yours. so drunken. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition. are you hurt. LN 1393 LN 1394 LN 1395 LN 1396 LN 1397 LN 1398 LN 1399 LN 1400 LN 1401 LN 1402 LN 1403 LN 1404 LN 1405 LN 1406 LN 1407 LN 1408 LN 1409 LN 1410 LN 1411 LN 1412 LN 1413 LN 1414 LN 1415 LN 1416 LN 1417 LN 1418 LN 1419 270 275 280 285 290 295 . my reputation! IAGO As I am an honest man. Desdemona.

sir. IAGO Is ’t possible? CASSIO I remember a mass of things. but nothing distinctly. but nothing wherefore. mend it for your own good. you are too severe a moraler.—I drunk! IAGO You or any man living may be drunk at a time. CASSIO I will ask him for my place again. man. to make me frankly despise myself.LN 1420 LN 1421 LN 1422 LN 1423 LN 1424 LN 1425 LN 1426 LN 1427 LN 1428 LN 1429 LN 1430 LN 1431 LN 1432 LN 1433 LN 1434 LN 1435 LN 1436 LN 1437 LN 1438 LN 1439 LN 1440 LN 1441 LN 1442 LN 1443 LN 1444 LN 1445 LN 1446 LN 1447 LN 1448 LN 1449 LN 1450 LN 1451 LN 1452 LN 1453 LN 1454 LN 1455 101 Othello ACT 2. strange! Every inordinate cup is unblessed. and applause transform ourselves into beasts! IAGO Why. Drunk? And speak parrot? And squabble? Swagger? Swear? And discourse fustian with one’s own shadow? O thou invisible spirit of wine. Our general’s 300 305 310 315 320 325 330 . O God. IAGO Come. and the condition of this country stands. One unperfectness shows me another. such an answer would stop them all. Exclaim no more against it. if thou hast no name to be known by. and the ingredient is a devil. let us call thee devil! IAGO What was he that you followed with your sword? What had he done to you? CASSIO I know not. To be now a sensible man. CASSIO I have well approved it. SC. good lieutenant. How came you thus recovered? CASSIO It hath pleased the devil drunkenness to give place to the devil wrath. and presently a beast! O. And. 3 and so indiscreet an officer. he shall tell me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra. I’ll tell you what you shall do. the place. good wine is a good familiar creature. But since it is as it is. that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! That we should with joy. pleasance. but you are now well enough. by and by a fool. a quarrel. if it be well used. come. IAGO Come. As the time. I could heartily wish this had not so befallen. I think you think I love you. revel.

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no. IAGO You have not been abed. There’s a poor piece of gold for thee. good my friend. EMILIA Good morrow. If the gentlewoman that attends the General’s wife be stirring. The General and his wife are talking of it. In happy time. keep up thy quillets. I am sorry For your displeasure. I have made bold. Iago. sir. My suit to her Is that she will to virtuous Desdemona Procure me some access. CASSIO 25 30 CASSIO Clown exits. good lieutenant. Iago. that your converse and business May be more free. I hear you. SC. The day had broke Before we parted. 35 40 CASSIO I humbly thank you for ’t. Do. To send in to your wife. tell her there’s one Cassio entreats her a little favor of speech. IAGO I’ll send her to you presently. mine honest friend? CLOWN No. I hear not your honest friend. And she speaks for you stoutly. Iago exits. then? CASSIO Why.LN 1554 LN 1555 LN 1556 LN 1557 LN 1558 LN 1559 LN 1560 LN 1561 LN 1562 LN 1563 LN 1564 LN 1565 LN 1566 LN 1567 LN 1568 LN 1569 LN 1570 LN 1571 LN 1572 LN 1573 LN 1574 LN 1575 LN 1576 LN 1577 LN 1578 LN 1579 LN 1580 LN 1581 113 Othello ACT 3. CASSIO Prithee. Giving money. And I’ll devise a mean to draw the Moor Out of the way. 1 Musicians exit. I never knew A Florentine more kind and honest. but all will sure be well. The Moor replies 45 . If she will stir hither. Dost thou hear. I shall seem to notify unto her. Enter Iago. Wilt thou do this? CLOWN She is stirring. Enter Emilia.

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That he you hurt is of great fame in Cyprus
And great affinity, and that in wholesome wisdom
He might not but refuse you. But he protests he
loves you
And needs no other suitor but his likings
To take the safest occasion by the front
To bring you in again.
Yet I beseech you,
If you think fit, or that it may be done,
Give me advantage of some brief discourse
With Desdemon alone.
Pray you come in.
I will bestow you where you shall have time
To speak your bosom freely.
I am much bound to you.
They exit.




Scene 2
Enter Othello, Iago, and Gentlemen.

These letters give, Iago, to the pilot
And by him do my duties to the Senate.
He gives Iago some papers.
That done, I will be walking on the works.
Repair there to me.
Well, my good lord, I’ll do ’t.

This fortification, gentlemen, shall we see ’t?

We wait upon your Lordship.
They exit.


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Scene 3
Enter Desdemona, Cassio, and Emilia.

Be thou assured, good Cassio, I will do
All my abilities in thy behalf.

Good madam, do. I warrant it grieves my husband
As if the cause were his.

O, that’s an honest fellow! Do not doubt, Cassio,
But I will have my lord and you again
As friendly as you were.
Bounteous madam,
Whatever shall become of Michael Cassio,
He’s never anything but your true servant.




I know ’t. I thank you. You do love my lord;
You have known him long; and be you well assured
He shall in strangeness stand no farther off
Than in a politic distance.
Ay, but, lady,
That policy may either last so long,
Or feed upon such nice and waterish diet,
Or breed itself so out of circumstance,
That, I being absent and my place supplied,
My general will forget my love and service.




Do not doubt that. Before Emilia here,
I give thee warrant of thy place. Assure thee,
If I do vow a friendship, I’ll perform it
To the last article. My lord shall never rest:
I’ll watch him tame and talk him out of patience;
His bed shall seem a school, his board a shrift;
I’ll intermingle everything he does
With Cassio’s suit. Therefore be merry, Cassio,


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For thy solicitor shall rather die
Than give thy cause away.


Enter Othello and Iago.
Madam, here comes my lord.
CASSIO Madam, I’ll take my leave.
DESDEMONA Why, stay, and hear me speak.


Madam, not now. I am very ill at ease,
Unfit for mine own purposes.
DESDEMONA Well, do your discretion.


Cassio exits.


Ha, I like not that.

What dost thou say?


Nothing, my lord; or if—I know not what.

Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?



Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
That he would steal away so guiltylike,
Seeing your coming.
OTHELLO I do believe ’twas he.
DESDEMONA How now, my lord?
I have been talking with a suitor here,
A man that languishes in your displeasure.
OTHELLO Who is ’t you mean?



Why, your lieutenant, Cassio. Good my lord,
If I have any grace or power to move you,
His present reconciliation take;
For if he be not one that truly loves you,
That errs in ignorance and not in cunning,
I have no judgment in an honest face.
I prithee call him back.
Went he hence now?



I wonder in my soul What you would ask me that I should deny. so humbled That he hath left part of his grief with me To suffer with him. DESDEMONA Why. Let him come when he will. on Wednesday morn. DESDEMONA Shall ’t be tonight at supper? No. Othello. then? OTHELLO I shall not dine at home. faith. And yet his trespass. Hath ta’en your part—to have so much to do To bring him in! By ’r Lady. 85 . for you. he’s penitent. OTHELLO 65 DESDEMONA Why then tomorrow night. 3 Yes. When shall he come? Tell me. Some other time. Good love. DESDEMONA Tomorrow dinner. this is not a boon! ’Tis as I should entreat you wear your gloves. Or stand so mamm’ring on? What? Michael Cassio. When I have spoke of you dispraisingly. or Tuesday morn. they say. I prithee name the time. Or feed on nourishing dishes. In faith. or keep you warm. and so many a time. SC. 60 DESDEMONA But shall ’t be shortly? OTHELLO The sooner. no more.LN 1660 LN 1661 LN 1662 LN 1663 LN 1664 LN 1665 LN 1666 LN 1667 LN 1668 LN 1669 LN 1670 LN 1671 LN 1672 LN 1673 LN 1674 LN 1675 LN 1676 LN 1677 LN 1678 LN 1679 LN 1680 LN 1681 LN 1682 LN 1683 LN 1684 LN 1685 LN 1686 LN 1687 LN 1688 LN 1689 LN 1690 121 Othello ACT 3. On Tuesday noon or night. in our common reason— Save that. not tonight. call him back. the wars must make example Out of her best—is not almost a fault T’ incur a private check. I meet the captains at the citadel. sweet. sweet Desdemon. DESDEMONA OTHELLO Not now. but let it not Exceed three days. I could do much— 70 75 80 OTHELLO Prithee. That came a-wooing with you. I will deny thee nothing.

grant me this. And fearful to be granted. OTHELLO Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul But I do love thee! And when I love thee not. OTHELLO Why of thy thought. No further harm. 90 95 DESDEMONA Shall I deny you? No. IAGO Indeed? 110 . Nay. Iago? IAGO I did not think he had been acquainted with her. from first to last. my lord. know of your love? IAGO 105 OTHELLO He did. when I have a suit Wherein I mean to touch your love indeed. my Desdemona. 3 Or sue to you to do a peculiar profit To your own person. It shall be full of poise and difficult weight. OTHELLO Farewell. Farewell. Iago? Did Michael Cassio. Chaos is come again. Whate’er you be. I am obedient.LN 1691 LN 1692 LN 1693 LN 1694 LN 1695 LN 1696 LN 1697 LN 1698 LN 1699 LN 1700 LN 1701 LN 1702 LN 1703 LN 1704 LN 1705 LN 1706 LN 1707 LN 1708 LN 1709 LN 1710 LN 1711 LN 1712 LN 1713 LN 1714 LN 1715 LN 1716 123 Othello ACT 3. When you wooed my lady. OTHELLO O yes. I do beseech thee. come. Desdemona and Emilia exit. SC. To leave me but a little to myself. IAGO My noble lord— 100 OTHELLO What dost thou say.—Be as your fancies teach you. DESDEMONA Emilia. OTHELLO I will deny thee nothing! Whereon. Why dost thou ask? IAGO But for a satisfaction of my thought. I’ll come to thee straight. and went between us very oft.

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As. Cassio’s my worthy friend. recoiling to her better judgment. Whereto we see in all things nature tends— Foh! One may smell in such a will most rank. there’s the point. SC. thoughts unnatural— But pardon me—I do not in position Distinctly speak of her. 3 I humbly do beseech you of your pardon For too much loving you. complexion. My speech should fall into such vile success As my thoughts aim not at. OTHELLO I am bound to thee forever. and degree. 270 275 . to be bold with you. I am to pray you not to strain my speech To grosser issues nor to larger reach Than to suspicion. My lord. But I do see you’re moved. Foul disproportion. 250 OTHELLO Not a jot. May fall to match you with her country forms And happily repent. IAGO 255 260 265 IAGO Long live she so! And long live you to think so! OTHELLO And yet. I hope you will consider what is spoke Comes from my love. IAGO Should you do so. I see you’re moved. how nature erring from itself— IAGO Ay. IAGO I see this hath a little dashed your spirits. not a jot. I do not think but Desdemona’s honest. not much moved. OTHELLO I will not. though I may fear Her will. my lord. I fear it has.LN 1850 LN 1851 LN 1852 LN 1853 LN 1854 LN 1855 LN 1856 LN 1857 LN 1858 LN 1859 LN 1860 LN 1861 LN 1862 LN 1863 LN 1864 LN 1865 LN 1866 LN 1867 LN 1868 LN 1869 LN 1870 LN 1871 LN 1872 LN 1873 LN 1874 LN 1875 LN 1876 LN 1877 LN 1878 LN 1879 LN 1880 LN 1881 133 Othello ACT 3. Not to affect many proposèd matches Of her own clime. OTHELLO No. I’ faith.

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Even then this forkèd plague is fated to us When we do quicken. The handkerchief falls. my dear Othello? Your dinner. do attend your presence. ’Twill away again. like death. This was her first remembrance from the Moor. Yet ’tis the plague of great ones. OTHELLO Your napkin is too little. DESDEMONA How now. But she so loves the token (For he conjured her she should ever keep it) That she reserves it evermore about her 335 . DESDEMONA Faith. Othello and Desdemona exit. here. 315 Enter Desdemona and Emilia. that’s with watching. My wayward husband hath a hundred times Wooed me to steal it. Come. picking up the handkerchief I am glad I have found this napkin. Prerogatived are they less than the base. unnoticed. I’ll go in with you.LN 1915 LN 1916 LN 1917 LN 1918 LN 1919 LN 1920 LN 1921 LN 1922 LN 1923 LN 1924 LN 1925 LN 1926 LN 1927 LN 1928 LN 1929 LN 1930 LN 1931 LN 1932 LN 1933 LN 1934 LN 1935 LN 1936 LN 1937 LN 1938 LN 1939 LN 1940 LN 1941 LN 1942 137 Othello ACT 3. and the generous islanders By you invited. OTHELLO I am to blame. SC. 3 And live upon the vapor of a dungeon Than keep a corner in the thing I love For others’ uses. EMILIA . Let me but bind it hard. If she be false. within this hour It will be well. 330 DESDEMONA I am very sorry that you are not well. ’Tis destiny unshunnable. Let it alone. Look where she comes. heaven mocks itself! I’ll not believe ’t. 320 DESDEMONA Why do you speak so faintly? Are you not well? 325 OTHELLO I have a pain upon my forehead.

she’ll run mad When she shall lack it. What he will do with it Heaven knows. Look. 365 . IAGO Hast stol’n it from her? 350 355 EMILIA No. that the Moor first gave to Desdemona. SC. she let it drop by negligence. snatching it Why. ACT 3. 3 340 Enter Iago. EMILIA What will you do with ’t. That which so often you did bid me steal. is that all? What will you give me now For that same handkerchief? IAGO What handkerchief? EMILIA What handkerchief? Why. IAGO How now? What do you here alone? EMILIA Do not you chide. being here. 345 IAGO You have a thing for me? It is a common thing— EMILIA Ha? IAGO To have a foolish wife. Poor lady. not I. I nothing but to please his fantasy. EMILIA O. I have a thing for you. And to th’ advantage I.LN 1943 LN 1944 LN 1945 LN 1946 LN 1947 LN 1948 LN 1949 LN 1950 LN 1951 LN 1952 LN 1953 LN 1954 LN 1955 LN 1956 LN 1957 LN 1958 LN 1959 LN 1960 LN 1961 LN 1962 LN 1963 LN 1964 LN 1965 LN 1966 LN 1967 LN 1968 LN 1969 139 Othello To kiss and talk to. I’ll have the work ta’en out And give ’t Iago. took ’t up. that you have been so earnest To have me filch it? IAGO . what is that to you? 360 EMILIA If it be not for some purpose of import. faith. IAGO A good wench! Give it me. here ’tis. Give ’t me again.

general? No more of that! OTHELLO Avaunt! Begone! Thou hast set me on the rack. 3 Be not acknown on ’t. IAGO I am sorry to hear this. I did say so. Look where he comes. I will in Cassio’s lodging lose this napkin And let him find it. Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ. leave me. Which at the first are scarce found to distaste. Not poppy nor mandragora Nor all the drowsy syrups of the world Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep Which thou owedst yesterday. it harmed not me. ha. Go. thought it not. IAGO How now.LN 1970 LN 1971 LN 1972 LN 1973 LN 1974 LN 1975 LN 1976 LN 1977 LN 1978 LN 1979 LN 1980 LN 1981 LN 1982 LN 1983 LN 1984 LN 1985 LN 1986 LN 1987 LN 1988 LN 1989 LN 1990 LN 1991 LN 1992 LN 1993 LN 1994 LN 1995 LN 1996 LN 1997 LN 1998 LN 1999 141 Othello ACT 3. SC. Let him not know ’t. fed well. 390 395 . The Moor already changes with my poison. Emilia exits. This may do something. how now. and he’s not robbed at all. He that is robbed. my lord? 385 OTHELLO What sense had I of her stol’n hours of lust? I saw ’t not. OTHELLO Ha. I have use for it. I swear ’tis better to be much abused Than but to know ’t a little. I slept the next night well. not wanting what is stol’n. was free and merry. But with a little act upon the blood Burn like the mines of sulfur. I found not Cassio’s kisses on her lips. Dangerous conceits are in their natures poisons. false to me? 380 IAGO Why. IAGO 370 375 Enter Othello.

On horror’s head horrors accumulate. now. th’ ear-piercing fife. my lord? 400 405 410 OTHELLO Villain. O. The spirit-stirring drum. by the worth of mine eternal soul. all Earth amazed. pomp. Do deeds to make heaven weep. or at the least so prove it That the probation bear no hinge nor loop To hang a doubt on. Pioners and all.LN 2000 LN 2001 LN 2002 LN 2003 LN 2004 LN 2005 LN 2006 LN 2007 LN 2008 LN 2009 LN 2010 LN 2011 LN 2012 LN 2013 LN 2014 LN 2015 LN 2016 LN 2017 LN 2018 LN 2019 LN 2020 LN 2021 LN 2022 LN 2023 LN 2024 LN 2025 LN 2026 LN 2027 LN 2028 LN 2029 LN 2030 LN 2031 143 Othello ACT 3. be sure thou prove my love a whore! Be sure of it. So I had nothing known. IAGO Is ’t come to this? 415 OTHELLO Make me to see ’t. For nothing canst thou to damnation add Greater than that. Abandon all remorse. Farewell! Othello’s occupation’s gone! IAGO Is ’t possible. Pride. The royal banner. Or. Never pray more. IAGO O grace! O heaven forgive me! Are you a man? Have you a soul or sense? 425 . and all quality. farewell! Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump. or woe upon thy life! IAGO My noble lord— 420 OTHELLO If thou dost slander her and torture me. and circumstance of glorious war! And O you mortal engines. forever Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content! Farewell the plumèd troops and the big wars That makes ambition virtue! O. 3 OTHELLO I had been happy if the general camp. whose rude throats Th’ immortal Jove’s dread clamors counterfeit. had tasted her sweet body. Thou hadst been better have been born a dog Than answer my waked wrath. Give me the ocular proof. SC.

455 460 . my lord? Would you. or suffocating streams. I think.— I thank you for this profit. for honesty’s a fool And loses that it works for. is now begrimed and black As mine own face. Take mine office. Would I were satisfied! 440 445 IAGO I see you are eaten up with passion. 430 435 IAGO I should be wise. Thou shouldst be honest. If there be cords. 3 God b’ wi’ you. Damn them then If ever mortal eyes do see them bolster More than their own! What then? How then? What shall I say? Where’s satisfaction? It is impossible you should see this. that was as fresh As Dian’s visage. I’ll have some proof! Her name. or fire. take note. Behold her topped? OTHELLO Death and damnation! O! 450 IAGO It were a tedious difficulty. and I will. Poison. the supervisor.LN 2032 LN 2033 LN 2034 LN 2035 LN 2036 LN 2037 LN 2038 LN 2039 LN 2040 LN 2041 LN 2042 LN 2043 LN 2044 LN 2045 LN 2046 LN 2047 LN 2048 LN 2049 LN 2050 LN 2051 LN 2052 LN 2053 LN 2054 LN 2055 LN 2056 LN 2057 LN 2058 LN 2059 LN 2060 LN 2061 LN 2062 LN 2063 145 Othello ACT 3. SC. OTHELLO Nay. grossly gape on. That liv’st to make thine honesty a vice!— O monstrous world! Take note. as hot as monkeys. Were they as prime as goats. I’ll not endure it. and from hence I’ll love no friend. O world: To be direct and honest is not safe. By the world. I think that thou art just and think thou art not. but how? How satisfied. You would be satisfied? OTHELLO Would? Nay. I do repent me that I put it to you. IAGO And may.—O wretched fool. or knives. To bring them to that prospect. sith love breeds such offense. OTHELLO I think my wife be honest and think she is not. stay.

sir. Pricked to ’t by foolish honesty and love. Let us be wary. As if he plucked up kisses by the roots That grew upon my lips. But sith I am entered in this cause so far.LN 2064 LN 2065 LN 2066 LN 2067 LN 2068 LN 2069 LN 2070 LN 2071 LN 2072 LN 2073 LN 2074 LN 2075 LN 2076 LN 2077 LN 2078 LN 2079 LN 2080 LN 2081 LN 2082 LN 2083 LN 2084 LN 2085 LN 2086 LN 2087 147 As salt as wolves in pride. LN 2088 LN 2089 Othello 485 OTHELLO But this denoted a foregone conclusion. ’Tis a shrewd doubt. But yet I say. In sleep I heard him say “Sweet Desdemona. OTHELLO I’ll tear her all to pieces. though it be but a dream. And being troubled with a raging tooth I could not sleep. and kissed. 3 465 OTHELLO Give me a living reason she’s disloyal. IAGO And this may help to thicken other proofs That do demonstrate thinly. I will go on. I lay with Cassio lately. and then Cried “Cursèd fate that gave thee to the Moor!” 470 475 480 OTHELLO O monstrous! Monstrous! Nay. IAGO Nay. SC. Yet we see nothing done. but be wise.” And then. If imputation and strong circumstances Which lead directly to the door of truth Will give you satisfaction. would he gripe and wring my hand. Cry “O sweet creature!” then kiss me hard. LN 2090 LN 2091 LN 2092 LN 2093 LN 2094 ACT 3. and fools as gross As ignorance made drunk. then laid his leg O’er my thigh. and sighed. IAGO I do not like the office. 490 . One of this kind is Cassio. this was but his IAGO dream. There are a kind of men So loose of soul that in their sleeps will mutter Their affairs. let us hide our loves. you might have ’t.

OTHELLO O.LN 2095 LN 2096 LN 2097 LN 2098 LN 2099 LN 2100 LN 2101 LN 2102 LN 2103 LN 2104 LN 2105 LN 2106 LN 2107 LN 2108 LN 2109 LN 2110 LN 2111 LN 2112 LN 2113 LN 2114 LN 2115 LN 2116 LN 2117 LN 2118 LN 2119 LN 2120 LN 2121 LN 2122 LN 2123 LN 2124 LN 2125 149 Othello ACT 3. Whose icy current and compulsive course Ne’er feels retiring ebb. black vengeance. blood! 505 510 IAGO Patience. thy crown and hearted throne To tyrannous hate! Swell. 515 520 . Like to the Pontic Sea. bosom. 495 IAGO I know not that. too weak for my revenge. ’Tis gone. blood. blood. Iago. For ’tis of aspics’ tongues! IAGO Yet be content. I say. with violent pace Shall ne’er look back. It speaks against her with the other proofs. OTHELLO If it be that— IAGO If it be that. Even so my bloody thoughts. He kneels. OTHELLO Never. or any that was hers. 3 She may be honest yet. SC. that the slave had forty thousand lives! One is too poor. Look here. ne’er ebb to humble love. 500 OTHELLO O. ’Twas my first gift. Iago. Your mind perhaps may change. Arise. but keeps due on To the Propontic and the Hellespont. with thy fraught. but such a handkerchief— I am sure it was your wife’s—did I today See Cassio wipe his beard with. Tell me but this: Have you not sometimes seen a handkerchief Spotted with strawberries in your wife’s hand? OTHELLO I gave her such a one. Now do I see ’tis true. Till that a capable and wide revenge Swallow them up. All my fond love thus do I blow to heaven. from the hollow hell! Yield up. Now by yond marble heaven. O love.

sirrah. They exit. And will upon the instant put thee to ’t. damn her! Come. go with me apart. Witness that here Iago doth give up The execution of his wit.LN 2126 LN 2127 LN 2128 LN 2129 LN 2130 LN 2131 LN 2132 LN 2133 LN 2134 LN 2135 LN 2136 LN 2137 LN 2138 LN 2139 LN 2140 LN 2141 LN 2142 LN 2143 LN 2144 LN 2145 LN 2146 LN 2147 LN 2148 LN 2149 LN 2150 LN 2151 LN 2152 LN 2153 LN 2154 LN 2155 151 Othello ACT 3. you ever-burning lights above. where Lieutenant Cassio lies? CLOWN I dare not say he lies anywhere. DESDEMONA 5 . I will withdraw To furnish me with some swift means of death For the fair devil. And to obey shall be in me remorse. IAGO My friend is dead. and for me to say a soldier lies. Do you know. SC. OTHELLO Damn her. Now art thou my lieutenant. hands. IAGO Do not rise yet. 525 530 535 540 545 Scene 4 Enter Desdemona. lewd minx! O. Emilia. They rise. Within these three days let me hear thee say That Cassio’s not alive. DESDEMONA Why. heart To wronged Othello’s service! Let him command. But let her live. and Clown. Witness. 4 In the due reverence of a sacred vow. OTHELLO I greet thy love Not with vain thanks but with acceptance bounteous. man? CLOWN He’s a soldier. ’Tis done at your request. Iago kneels. damn her. You elements that clip us round about. I here engage my words. IAGO I am your own forever. ’tis stabbing. What bloody business ever.

Tell him I have moved my lord on his behalf and hope all will be well. DESDEMONA Seek him. it were enough To put him to ill thinking. and by them answer. And but my noble Moor Is true of mind and made of no such baseness As jealous creatures are. or he lies there. were to lie in mine own throat. DESDEMONA Can anything be made of this? CLOWN I know not where he lodges. Emilia? EMILIA I know not. and be edified by report? CLOWN I will catechize the world for him—that is.—How is ’t with you. EMILIA Look where he comes. make questions. and for me to devise a lodging and say he lies here. and therefore I will attempt the doing it. Enter Othello. DESDEMONA 10 15 20 DESDEMONA Where should I lose that handkerchief.LN 2156 LN 2157 LN 2158 LN 2159 LN 2160 LN 2161 LN 2162 LN 2163 LN 2164 LN 2165 LN 2166 LN 2167 LN 2168 LN 2169 LN 2170 LN 2171 LN 2172 LN 2173 LN 2174 LN 2175 LN 2176 LN 2177 LN 2178 LN 2179 LN 2180 LN 2181 LN 2182 LN 2183 LN 2184 LN 2185 153 Othello ACT 3. DESDEMONA Believe me. SC. CLOWN To do this is within the compass of man’s wit. madam. EMILIA Is he not jealous? 25 30 DESDEMONA Who. I had rather have lost my purse Full of crusadoes. bid him come hither. Clown exits. DESDEMONA Can you inquire him out. 4 Go to! Where lodges he? CLOWN To tell you where he lodges is to tell you where I lie. DESDEMONA I will not leave him now till Cassio Be called to him. he? I think the sun where he was born Drew all such humors from him. my lord? 35 .

LN 2186 LN 2187 LN 2188 LN 2189 LN 2190 LN 2191 LN 2192 LN 2193 LN 2194 LN 2195 LN 2196 LN 2197 LN 2198 LN 2199 LN 2200 LN 2201 LN 2202 LN 2203 LN 2204 LN 2205 LN 2206 LN 2207 LN 2208 LN 2209 LN 2210 155 Othello ACT 3. not hearts. Much castigation. hot. 40 OTHELLO Give me your hand. 45 50 OTHELLO A liberal hand! The hearts of old gave hands. my good lord. DESDEMONA I cannot speak of this. my lord. 60 . This hand of yours requires A sequester from liberty. Aside. DESDEMONA Here. OTHELLO I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me. my good lady. OTHELLO That which I gave you. DESDEMONA You may indeed say so. Hot. Come now. and moist. He takes her hand. Lend me thy handkerchief. my lady. hardness to dissemble!— How do you. This hand is moist. your promise. 4 OTHELLO Well. O. For here’s a young and sweating devil here That commonly rebels. But our new heraldry is hands. fasting and prayer. LN 2211 DESDEMONA LN 2212 OTHELLO Not? I have it not about me. exercise devout. chuck? 55 DESDEMONA I have sent to bid Cassio come speak with you. ’Tis a good hand. For ’twas that hand that gave away my heart. SC. Desdemona? DESDEMONA Well. DESDEMONA It yet has felt no age nor known no sorrow. OTHELLO What promise. OTHELLO This argues fruitfulness and liberal heart. A frank one.

SC. Or made a gift of it. And bid me.LN 2213 LN 2214 LN 2215 LN 2216 LN 2217 LN 2218 LN 2219 LN 2220 LN 2221 LN 2222 LN 2223 LN 2224 LN 2225 LN 2226 LN 2227 LN 2228 LN 2229 LN 2230 LN 2231 LN 2232 LN 2233 LN 2234 LN 2235 LN 2236 LN 2237 LN 2238 LN 2239 LN 2240 LN 2241 LN 2242 LN 2243 LN 2244 157 Othello ACT 3. She was a charmer. But if she lost it. 4 No. DESDEMONA I’ faith. which the skillful Conserved of maidens’ hearts. DESDEMONA Then would to God that I had never seen ’t! OTHELLO Ha? Wherefore? 90 DESDEMONA Why do you speak so startingly and rash? OTHELLO Is ’t lost? Is ’t gone? Speak. And it was dyed in mummy. gave it me. She. and could almost read The thoughts of people. faith. DESDEMONA Is ’t possible? DESDEMONA 65 70 75 80 OTHELLO ’Tis true. Therefore. my lord. dying. is ’t true? 85 OTHELLO Most veritable. The worms were hallowed that did breed the silk. and his spirits should hunt After new fancies. There’s magic in the web of it. I did so. To give it her. my father’s eye Should hold her loathèd. when my fate would have me wived. OTHELLO That’s a fault. In her prophetic fury sewed the work. That handkerchief Did an Egyptian to my mother give. ’Twould make her amiable and subdue my father Entirely to her love. Make it a darling like your precious eye. and take heed on ’t. look to ’t well. A sybil that had numbered in the world The sun to course two hundred compasses. is ’t out o’ th’ way? DESDEMONA Heaven bless us! OTHELLO Say you? 95 . To lose ’t or give ’t away were such perdition As nothing else could match. She told her. while she kept it.

let Cassio be received again. My mind misgives. This is a trick to put me from my suit. Zounds! EMILIA Is not this man jealous? DESDEMONA I ne’er saw this before. so I can. You’ll never meet a more sufficient man. They eat us hungerly. but what an if it were? OTHELLO How? DESDEMONA I say it is not lost. and we all but food. DESDEMONA 115 EMILIA ’Tis not a year or two shows us a man. Look you—Cassio and my husband. DESDEMONA Come. Shared dangers with you— DESDEMONA 110 OTHELLO The handkerchief! I’ faith. SC. 120 . OTHELLO Fetch ’t. But I will not now. come. Sure.LN 2245 LN 2246 LN 2247 LN 2248 LN 2249 LN 2250 LN 2251 LN 2252 LN 2253 LN 2254 LN 2255 LN 2256 LN 2257 LN 2258 LN 2259 LN 2260 LN 2261 LN 2262 LN 2263 LN 2264 LN 2265 LN 2266 LN 2267 LN 2268 LN 2269 LN 2270 LN 2271 LN 2272 LN 2273 159 Othello ACT 3. They are all but stomachs. OTHELLO The handkerchief! DESDEMONA A man that all his time Hath founded his good fortunes on your love. 105 OTHELLO The handkerchief! I pray. 4 DESDEMONA It is not lost. OTHELLO Othello exits. you are to blame. talk me of Cassio. 100 OTHELLO Fetch me the handkerchief! Aside. Let me see ’t! DESDEMONA Why. there’s some wonder in this handkerchief! I am most unhappy in the loss of it. Enter Iago and Cassio. Pray you. and when they are full They belch us.

’tis she must do ’t. I would not be delayed. My advocation is not now in tune. If my offense be of such mortal kind That nor my service past nor present sorrows Nor purposed merit in futurity Can ransom me into his love again. And certainly in strange unquietness. So help me every spirit sanctified As I have spoken for you all my best. DESDEMONA Alas. My lord is not my lord. my former suit. ACT 3. So shall I clothe me in a forced content. And stood within the blank of his displeasure For my free speech! You must awhile be patient. nor should I know him Were he in favor as in humor altered. What I can do I will. And shut myself up in some other course To fortune’s alms.LN 2274 LN 2275 LN 2276 LN 2277 LN 2278 LN 2279 LN 2280 LN 2281 LN 2282 LN 2283 LN 2284 LN 2285 LN 2286 LN 2287 LN 2288 LN 2289 LN 2290 LN 2291 LN 2292 LN 2293 LN 2294 LN 2295 LN 2296 LN 2297 LN 2298 LN 2299 LN 2300 LN 2301 LN 2302 LN 2303 161 Othello to Cassio There is no other way. good Cassio. EMILIA IAGO Can he be angry? I have seen the cannon 130 135 140 145 150 . Let that suffice you. I do beseech you That by your virtuous means I may again Exist. what’s the news with you? CASSIO Madam. and be a member of his love Whom I with all the office of my heart Entirely honor. 125 DESDEMONA How now. and more I will Than for myself I dare. SC. But to know so must be my benefit. the happiness! Go and importune her. thrice-gentle Cassio. 4 IAGO . And. lo. IAGO Is my lord angry? He went hence but now.

They are not ever jealous for the cause. And he’s indicted falsely. There’s matter in ’t indeed if he be angry. ’Tis even so. I never gave him cause! EMILIA But jealous souls will not be answered so. Nor of them look for such observancy As fits the bridal. I was—unhandsome warrior as I am!— Arraigning his unkindness with my soul. Beshrew me much. Though great ones are their object. born on itself. we must think men are not gods. sure. 4 When it hath blown his ranks into the air And. 180 DESDEMONA Heaven keep that monster from Othello’s mind! EMILIA Lady. amen. He exits. For let our finger ache. and in such cases Men’s natures wrangle with inferior things. It is a monster Begot upon itself. 155 DESDEMONA I prithee do so. SC. and it endues Our other healthful members even to a sense Of pain. But now I find I had suborned the witness. 185 . EMILIA Pray heaven it be State matters. from his very arm Puffed his own brother—and is he angry? Something of moment then. Nay. Hath puddled his clear spirit. or some unhatched practice Made demonstrable here in Cyprus to him. and no conception Nor no jealous toy concerning you. like the devil. Either from Venice.LN 2304 LN 2305 LN 2306 LN 2307 LN 2308 LN 2309 LN 2310 LN 2311 LN 2312 LN 2313 LN 2314 LN 2315 LN 2316 LN 2317 LN 2318 LN 2319 LN 2320 LN 2321 LN 2322 LN 2323 LN 2324 LN 2325 LN 2326 LN 2327 LN 2328 LN 2329 LN 2330 LN 2331 LN 2332 LN 2333 LN 2334 163 Othello ACT 3. But jealous for they’re jealous. Emilia. 160 165 170 175 DESDEMONA Alas the day. I will go meet him. of state. as you think. Something.

woman! Throw your vile guesses in the devil’s teeth. But I shall in a more continuate time Strike off this score of absence. CASSIO I humbly thank your Ladyship. Is ’t come to this? Well. I’ll move your suit And seek to effect it to my uttermost. From whence you have them. 195 200 205 210 . my most fair Bianca? I’ faith. 4 DESDEMONA I will go seek him. I have this while with leaden thoughts been pressed. Cassio. keep a week away? Seven days and nights. BIANCA ’Save you. Bianca. You are jealous now That this is from some mistress. BIANCA O. Enter Bianca. some remembrance. Take me this work out. well. Eightscore eight hours. Desdemona and Emilia exit. Sweet Bianca. CASSIO Go to. by my faith. To the felt absence now I feel a cause. sweet love.—Cassio. Giving her Desdemona’s handkerchief. whence came this? This is some token from a newer friend. SC.LN 2335 LN 2336 LN 2337 LN 2338 LN 2339 LN 2340 LN 2341 LN 2342 LN 2343 LN 2344 LN 2345 LN 2346 LN 2347 LN 2348 LN 2349 LN 2350 LN 2351 LN 2352 LN 2353 LN 2354 LN 2355 LN 2356 LN 2357 LN 2358 LN 2359 LN 2360 LN 2361 LN 2362 LN 2363 165 Othello ACT 3. What. If I do find him fit. Cassio. BIANCA And I was going to your lodging. and lovers’ absent hours More tedious than the dial eightscore times? O weary reck’ning! CASSIO Pardon me. No. walk hereabout. I was coming to your house. friend Cassio! CASSIO 190 What make you from home? How is ’t with you. Bianca.

BIANCA But that you do not love me! I pray you bring me on the way a little. 4 Why. Ere it be demanded. I found it in my chamber. I must be circumstanced. And say if I shall see you soon at night. 230 BIANCA ’Tis very good. whose is it? 215 CASSIO I know not neither. But I’ll see you soon. SC. nor my wish. BIANCA Leave you? Wherefore? 220 CASSIO I do attend here on the General. I pray you? CASSIO Not that I love you not.LN 2364 LN 2365 LN 2366 LN 2367 LN 2368 LN 2369 LN 2370 LN 2371 LN 2372 LN 2373 LN 2374 LN 2375 LN 2376 LN 2377 LN 2378 LN 2379 LN 2380 167 BIANCA Othello ACT 3. . and do ’t. BIANCA Why. As like enough it will. And think it no addition. To have him see me womaned. I would have it copied. Take it. They exit. For I attend here. I like the work well. 225 CASSIO ’Tis but a little way that I can bring you. and leave me for this time.

not meaning any harm? OTHELLO Naked in bed. IAGO Will you think so? LN 2382 OTHELLO LN 23830 IAGO LN 2383 LN 2384 LN 2385 LN 2386 LN 2387 LN 2388 LN 2389 LN 2390 LN 2391 LN 2392 LN 2393 LN 2394 LN 2395 LN 2396 LN 2397 LN 2398 Think so. I think. ’tis a venial slip. The devil their virtue tempts. To kiss in private? OTHELLO An unauthorized kiss! 5 IAGO Or to be naked with her friend in bed An hour or more. ’tis hers. OTHELLO She is protectress of her honor. May she give that? 171 15 . Iago? What. and yet do so. and being hers. 10 IAGO If they do nothing. and not mean harm? It is hypocrisy against the devil! They that mean virtuously. my lord. too. Iago. bestow ’t on any man. and they tempt heaven. She may. But if I give my wife a handkerchief— OTHELLO What then? IAGO Why then.LN 2381 Scene 1 Enter Othello and Iago.

No more than he’ll unswear. OTHELLO What hath he said? Lie— LN 2424 What IAGO LN 2420 LN 2423 25 With her? With her—on her—what you will. But for the handkerchief— 20 OTHELLO By heaven. Boding to all—he had my handkerchief. what of that? That’s not so good now. Nature would not invest herself in such shadowing passion without some instruction. that he did—I know not what he did. Convincèd or supplied them. OTHELLO What? What? LN 2422 IAGO LN 2427 LN 2428 LN 2429 40 IAGO OTHELLO LN 2426 35 IAGO LN 2421 LN 2425 30 He hath. To confess and be hanged for his labor. my lord. They have it very oft that have it not. LN 2407 OTHELLO LN 24080 IAGO LN 2408 If I had said I had seen him do you wrong? Or heard him say (as knaves be such abroad. Lie with her— Zounds. First to be hanged and then to confess—I tremble at it. cannot choose But they must blab)— OTHELLO Hath he said anything? LN 2409 LN 2410 LN 2411 LN 2412 LN 2413 LN 2414 LN 2415 LN 2416 LN 2417 LN 2418 LN 2419 Faith. SC. by their own importunate suit Or voluntary dotage of some mistress. that’s fulsome! Handkerchief—confessions—handkerchief.LN 2399 LN 2400 LN 2401 LN 2402 LN 2403 LN 2404 LN 2405 LN 2406 173 Othello ACT 4. Who having. I would most gladly have forgot it. it comes o’er my memory As doth the raven o’er the infectious house. IAGO Ay. OTHELLO Lie with her? Lie on her? We say “lie on her” when they belie her. 1 IAGO Her honor is an essence that’s not seen. but be you well assured. Thou saidst—O. It is not 45 50 .

He had one yesterday. 1 words that shakes me thus. This is his second fit.—What ho! My lord! My lord. All guiltless. he stirs. 65 No. And many worthy and chaste dames even thus. And many a civil monster. and lips—is ’t possible? Confess—handkerchief—O. work! Thus credulous fools are caught. How is it. ears. My medicine. Othello! 55 60 Enter Cassio. Cassio? What’s the matter? IAGO My lord is fall’n into an epilepsy. He will recover straight. When he is gone. he foams at mouth. IAGO There’s many a beast. CASSIO Rub him about the temples. then. I would on great occasion speak with you. Cassio exits. SC. Look. meet reproach. 75 . by heaven! Would you would bear your fortune like a man! IAGO OTHELLO A hornèd man’s a monster and a beast. Do you withdraw yourself a little while. forbear. LN 2439 LN 2440 Othello CASSIO How now. Pish! Noses. IAGO Work on. I say. devil! He falls in a trance. and by and by Breaks out to savage madness. The lethargy must have his quiet course.LN 2430 LN 2431 LN 2432 LN 2433 LN 2434 LN 2435 LN 2436 LN 2437 LN 2438 175 LN 2441 LN 2442 LN 2443 LN 2444 LN 2445 LN 2446 LN 2447 LN 2448 LN 2449 LN 2450 LN 2451 LN 2452 LN 2453 LN 2454 LN 2455 LN 2456 LN 2457 ACT 4. in a populous city. If not. general? Have you not hurt your head? 70 IAGO OTHELLO Dost thou mock me? I mock you not.

IAGO Stand you awhile apart. And nothing of a man. But yet keep time in all. be a man! Think every bearded fellow that’s but yoked May draw with you. ’tis the spite of hell. I say but mark his gesture. It is a creature 80 IAGO 85 90 95 100 105 110 . O. For I will make him tell the tale anew— Where. I know what she shall be. Will you withdraw? Othello withdraws. the gibes. Confine yourself but in a patient list. The which he promised. Bade him anon return and here speak with me. But (dost thou hear?) most bloody. IAGO That’s not amiss. Now will I question Cassio of Bianca. and when He hath and is again to cope your wife. o’erwhelmèd with your grief— A passion most unsuiting such a man— Cassio came hither. I shifted him away And laid good ’scuses upon your ecstasy. patience. Your case is better. let me know. And mark the fleers. ’tis certain.LN 2458 LN 2459 LN 2460 LN 2461 LN 2462 LN 2463 LN 2464 LN 2465 LN 2466 LN 2467 LN 2468 LN 2469 LN 2470 LN 2471 LN 2472 LN 2473 LN 2474 LN 2475 LN 2476 LN 2477 LN 2478 LN 2479 LN 2480 LN 2481 LN 2482 LN 2483 LN 2484 LN 2485 LN 2486 LN 2487 LN 2488 LN 2489 LN 2490 LN 2491 LN 2492 177 Othello ACT 4. Iago. how. And knowing what I am. SC. To lip a wanton in a secure couch And to suppose her chaste! No. Do but encave yourself. Whilst you were here. There’s millions now alive That nightly lie in those unproper beds Which they dare swear peculiar. and notable scorns That dwell in every region of his face. A huswife that by selling her desires Buys herself bread and clothes. 1 OTHELLO Did he confess it? Good sir. how oft. OTHELLO O. the fiend’s arch-mock. thou art wise. Marry. how long ago. Or I shall say you’re all in all in spleen. OTHELLO Dost thou hear. I will be found most cunning in my patience.

if this suit lay in Bianca’s power. As he shall smile. 115 Enter Cassio. and light behaviors Quite in the wrong. He.LN 2493 LN 2494 LN 2495 LN 2496 LN 2497 LN 2498 LN 2499 LN 2500 LN 2501 LN 2502 LN 2503 LN 2504 LN 2505 LN 2506 LN 2507 LN 2508 LN 2509 LN 2510 LN 2511 LN 2512 LN 2513 LN 2514 LN 2515 LN 2516 LN 2517 LN 2518 LN 2519 LN 2520 179 Othello ACT 4. poor rogue. Ha. gestures. well said. ha! 140 . 125 130 CASSIO Alas. How quickly should you speed! CASSIO . a customer? Prithee bear some charity to my wit! Do not think it so unwholesome. OTHELLO Now he denies it faintly and laughs it out. IAGO Do you hear. Cassio? Now he importunes him To tell it o’er. well said. SC. ha. laughing Alas. 1 That dotes on Cassio—as ’tis the strumpet’s plague To beguile many and be beguiled by one. cannot restrain From the excess of laughter. IAGO Ply Desdemona well. and you are sure on ’t. ha.—How do you. And his unbookish jealousy must construe Poor Cassio’s smiles. when he hears of her. lieutenant? 120 CASSIO The worser that you give me the addition Whose want even kills me. OTHELLO 135 IAGO She gives it out that you shall marry her. Roman? Do you triumph? CASSIO I marry her? What. Now. poor caitiff! OTHELLO Look how he laughs already! IAGO I never knew woman love man so. Othello shall go mad. Do you intend it? CASSIO Ha. Here he comes. ha! OTHELLO Do you triumph. Go to. I think i’ faith she loves me.

not out of my promise. so shakes and pulls me. 1 So.—O. so. I must leave her company.” as it were. She haunts me in every place. “O dear Cassio. ha. She is persuaded I will marry her out of her own love and flattery. Now he begins the story. By this hand. his gesture imports it. the cry goes that you marry her. IAGO Before me. but not that dog I shall throw it to. CASSIO She was here even now. Ha. ha! OTHELLO Now he tells how she plucked him to my chamber. that you should find it in your chamber and know not who CASSIO 170 . ’Tis such another fitchew—marry. she falls thus about my neck! OTHELLO Crying. CASSIO This is the monkey’s own giving out. OTHELLO Have you scored me? Well. so. CASSIO Well. 145 150 OTHELLO Iago beckons me. so. CASSIO Prithee say true! IAGO I am a very villain else. They laugh that wins. I see that nose of yours. 155 160 165 Enter Bianca. SC. IAGO Faith. I was the other day talking on the sea-bank with certain Venetians. CASSIO So hangs and lolls and weeps upon me. and thither comes the bauble.LN 2521 LN 2522 LN 2523 LN 2524 LN 2525 LN 2526 LN 2527 LN 2528 LN 2529 LN 2530 LN 2531 LN 2532 LN 2533 LN 2534 LN 2535 LN 2536 LN 2537 LN 2538 LN 2539 LN 2540 LN 2541 LN 2542 LN 2543 LN 2544 LN 2545 LN 2546 LN 2547 LN 2548 LN 2549 LN 2550 LN 2551 181 OTHELLO Othello ACT 4. look where she comes. a perfumed one!—What do you mean by this haunting of me? BIANCA Let the devil and his dam haunt you! What did you mean by that same handkerchief you gave me even now? I was a fine fool to take it! I must take out the work? A likely piece of work.

for I would very fain speak with you. by this hand! And to see how he prizes the foolish woman your wife! She gave it him. a sweet woman! IAGO Nay. my sweet Bianca? How now? How now? OTHELLO By heaven. Cassio exits. you must forget that. OTHELLO I would have him nine years a-killing! A fine woman. I intend so. give it your hobbyhorse. the world hath not a sweeter creature! She might lie by an emperor’s side and command him tasks. coming forward How shall I murder him. She exits. CASSIO Prithee come. for she shall not live. IAGO After her. Wheresoever you had it. 175 CASSIO How now. OTHELLO. 1 left it there! This is some minx’s token. I strike it. say no more. a fair woman. I may chance to see you. that should be my handkerchief! BIANCA If you’ll come to supper tonight you may. No. let her rot and perish and be damned tonight. Iago? IAGO Did you perceive how he laughed at his vice? OTHELLO O Iago! IAGO And did you see the handkerchief? OTHELLO Was that mine? IAGO Yours. I’ll take out no work on ’t. 180 185 190 195 200 205 . and it hurts my hand. If you will not. after her! CASSIO Faith. O. come when you are next prepared for. my heart is turned to stone.LN 2552 LN 2553 LN 2554 LN 2555 LN 2556 LN 2557 LN 2558 LN 2559 LN 2560 LN 2561 LN 2562 LN 2563 LN 2564 LN 2565 LN 2566 LN 2567 LN 2568 LN 2569 LN 2570 LN 2571 LN 2572 LN 2573 LN 2574 LN 2575 LN 2576 LN 2577 LN 2578 LN 2579 LN 2580 LN 2581 LN 2582 LN 2583 LN 2584 183 Othello ACT 4. Will you? IAGO Go to. and I must take out the work! There. and he hath giv’n it his whore. OTHELLO Ay. IAGO Will you sup there? CASSIO Faith. IAGO Well. I must. SC. She’ll rail in the streets else.

Very good. OTHELLO I will chop her into messes! Cuckold me? IAGO O. OTHELLO Good. 1 Nay. I’ll not expostulate with her lest her body and beauty unprovide my mind again. IAGO And for Cassio. This night. let me be his undertaker. a thousand times!—And then of so gentle a condition! IAGO Ay. give her patent to offend. for if it touch not you. Iago! O. she will sing the savageness out of a bear! Of so high and plenteous wit and invention! IAGO She’s the worse for all this. even the bed she hath contaminated. good. Desdemona. it comes near nobody. that’s certain. Iago. a thousand.LN 2585 LN 2586 LN 2587 LN 2588 LN 2589 LN 2590 LN 2591 LN 2592 LN 2593 LN 2594 LN 2595 LN 2596 LN 2597 LN 2598 LN 2599 LN 2600 LN 2601 LN 2602 LN 2603 LN 2604 LN 2605 LN 2606 LN 2607 LN 2608 LN 2609 LN 2610 LN 2611 LN 2612 185 LN 2615 LN 2616 LN 2617 ACT 4. Iago. What trumpet is that same? I warrant something from Venice. your wife’s with him. OTHELLO Nay. that’s not your way. too gentle. this night. worthy general. OTHELLO O. SC. IAGO Do it not with poison. ’Tis Lodovico. LODOVICO God save you. the pity of it. and Attendants. an admirable musician— O. Enter Lodovico. Iago! IAGO If you are so fond over her iniquity. OTHELLO Hang her. See. OTHELLO With mine officer! IAGO That’s fouler. LN 2613 LN 2614 Othello IAGO A trumpet sounds. But yet the pity of it. 235 . Strangle her in her bed. OTHELLO Get me some poison. IAGO 210 215 220 225 230 OTHELLO Excellent good. ’tis foul in her. I do but say what she is! So delicate with her needle. You shall hear more by midnight. Iago. This comes from the Duke. The justice of it pleases.

sir. sir. LODOVICO 265 . Welcome to Cyprus. Is there division ’twixt my lord and Cassio? 255 DESDEMONA A most unhappy one. signior. He hands Othello a paper. OTHELLO I kiss the instrument of their pleasures. DESDEMONA Cousin. good cousin Lodovico? IAGO I am very glad to see you. as you will”— 250 LODOVICO He did not call. SC. How does Lieutenant Cassio? IAGO Lives. reading “This fail you not to do. as I think. is he angry? May be the letter moved him. I am glad on ’t.LN 2618 LN 2619 LN 2620 LN 2621 LN 2622 LN 2623 LN 2624 LN 2625 LN 2626 LN 2627 LN 2628 LN 2629 LN 2630 LN 2631 LN 2632 LN 2633 LN 2634 LN 2635 LN 2636 LN 2637 LN 2638 LN 2639 LN 2640 LN 2641 LN 2642 LN 2643 187 OTHELLO Othello ACT 4. DESDEMONA And what’s the news. 1 With all my heart. For. he’s busy in the paper. OTHELLO Are you sure of that? DESDEMONA My lord? OTHELLO. 240 LODOVICO The Duke and the Senators of Venice greet you. 245 LODOVICO I thank you. there’s fall’n between him and my lord An unkind breach. they do command him home. OTHELLO Fire and brimstone! DESDEMONA My lord? OTHELLO Are you wise? 260 DESDEMONA What. Deputing Cassio in his government. for the love I bear to Cassio. but you shall make all well. I would do much T’ atone them. DESDEMONA By my troth.

Sir. And she can weep. DESDEMONA Why. ’Tis very much. tonight I do entreat that we may sup together. this would not be believed in Venice. I’ll send for you anon. Very obedient. well-painted passion!— I am commanded home. sir. LODOVICO Truly an obedient lady. DESDEMONA. you did wish that I would make her turn. devil. and yet go on.—Get you away. 290 295 . Out of my sight! DESDEMONA I will not stay to offend you. striking her Devil! DESDEMONA I have not deserved this. obedient. OTHELLO O. and turn. avaunt! Desdemona exits. I do beseech your Lordship call her back. 1 Indeed? DESDEMONA My lord? OTHELLO I am glad to see you mad. Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile. as you say. I. turning back My lord? OTHELLO What would you with her.—Proceed you in your tears. I obey the mandate And will return to Venice. sir. She begins to leave. weep. my lord? 275 280 285 OTHELLO Ay. sweet Othello! OTHELLO.—Sir.LN 2644 LN 2645 LN 2646 LN 2647 LN 2648 LN 2649 LN 2650 LN 2651 LN 2652 LN 2653 LN 2654 LN 2655 LN 2656 LN 2657 LN 2658 LN 2659 LN 2660 LN 2661 LN 2662 LN 2663 LN 2664 LN 2665 LN 2666 LN 2667 LN 2668 LN 2669 LN 2670 LN 2671 LN 2672 LN 2673 LN 2674 189 Othello ACT 4. sir? LODOVICO Who. sir—O.—Hence. OTHELLO 270 LODOVICO My lord. She weeps. devil! If that the Earth could teem with woman’s tears. she can turn. SC. OTHELLO Mistress. Make her amends. And. Though I should swear I saw ’t.— Concerning this. And turn again. Cassio shall have my place. And she’s obedient.

300 305 LODOVICO Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain? IAGO He’s that he is.LN 2675 LN 2676 LN 2677 LN 2678 LN 2679 LN 2680 LN 2681 LN 2682 LN 2683 LN 2684 LN 2685 LN 2686 LN 2687 LN 2688 LN 2689 LN 2690 LN 2691 LN 2692 LN 2693 LN 2694 LN 2695 LN 2696 LN 2697 LN 2698 LN 2699 LN 2700 LN 2701 191 Othello ACT 4. You shall observe him. LODOVICO I am sorry that I am deceived in him. that was not so well. 1 You are welcome. to Cyprus. SC. whose solid virtue The shot of accident nor dart of chance Could neither graze nor pierce? IAGO He is much changed. I may not breathe my censure What he might be. Yet would I knew That stroke would prove the worst. 315 320 . I would to heaven he were. And his own courses will denote him so That I may save my speech. They exit. sir. If what he might he is not. Do but go after And mark how he continues. LODOVICO What? Strike his wife? 310 IAGO ’Faith. Goats and monkeys! He exits. whom our full senate Call all in all sufficient? Is this the nature Whom passion could not shake. LODOVICO Is it his use? Or did the letters work upon his blood And new-create this fault? IAGO Alas. LODOVICO Is this the noble Moor. alas! It is not honesty in me to speak What I have seen and known.

EMILIA But then I saw no harm. Go. chaste. SC. If you think other. her gloves. It doth abuse your bosom. EMILIA OTHELLO To fetch her fan. 15 20 25 . The purest of their wives Is foul as slander. I have seen her do ’t. OTHELLO That’s strange. OTHELLO Yes. Lay down my soul at stake. OTHELLO You have seen nothing then? EMILIA Nor ever heard.LN 2702 LN 2703 LN 2704 LN 2705 LN 2706 LN 2707 LN 2708 LN 2709 LN 2710 LN 2711 LN 2712 LN 2713 LN 2714 LN 2715 LN 2716 LN 2717 LN 2718 LN 2719 LN 2720 LN 2721 LN 2722 LN 2723 LN 2724 LN 2725 LN 2726 193 Othello ACT 4. and then I heard Each syllable that breath made up between them. Remove your thought. Emilia exits. and true. my lord. her mask. Let heaven requite it with the serpent’s curse. 5 OTHELLO What. A closet lock and key of villainous secrets. There’s no man happy. nor nothing? EMILIA Never. And yet she’ll kneel and pray. my lord. 2 Scene 2 Enter Othello and Emilia. Yet she’s a simple bawd That cannot say as much. For if she be not honest. This is a subtle whore. OTHELLO Bid her come hither. 10 EMILIA I durst. did they never whisper? Never. OTHELLO Nor send you out o’ th’ way? EMILIA Never. nor ever did suspect. She says enough. my lord. to wager she is honest. If any wretch have put this in your head. you have seen Cassio and she together.

the devils themselves Should fear to seize thee. 45 OTHELLO Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell. mistress. what is your will? OTHELLO Pray you. DESDEMONA What horrible fancy’s this? OTHELLO. 2 Enter Desdemona and Emilia. Lest. OTHELLO Why? What art thou? 40 DESDEMONA Your wife. Cough. your mystery! Nay. away. dispatch. Swear thou art honest. and shut the door. Leave procreants alone. 30 35 Emilia exits. standing To whom. OTHELLO Come. Desdemon. my lord? With whom? How am I false? OTHELLO Ah. DESDEMONA My lord. DESDEMONA. away. what doth your speech import? I understand a fury in your words. DESDEMONA Heaven doth truly know it. Your mystery. kneeling Upon my knees.” if anybody come. DESDEMONA. SC. being like one of heaven. my lord. chuck. swear it. or cry “hem. Look in my face.LN 2727 LN 2728 LN 2729 LN 2730 LN 2731 LN 2732 LN 2733 LN 2734 LN 2735 LN 2736 LN 2737 LN 2738 LN 2739 LN 2740 LN 2741 LN 2742 LN 2743 LN 2744 LN 2745 LN 2746 LN 2747 LN 2748 LN 2749 LN 2750 LN 2751 LN 2752 195 Othello ACT 4. Damn thyself. But not the words. to Emilia Some of your function. come hither. Therefore be double damned. away! DESDEMONA Alas the heavy day. why do you weep? 50 . DESDEMONA What is your pleasure? OTHELLO Let me see your eyes. your true and loyal wife.

Ay. would thou hadst ne’er been born! DESDEMONA Alas. SC. to make me A fixèd figure for the time of scorn To point his slow unmoving finger at— Yet could I bear that too. I have lost him too. But alas. That quicken even with blowing! O thou weed. there look grim as hell. Made to write “whore” upon? What committed? Committed? O thou public commoner. OTHELLO Had it pleased heaven To try me with affliction. well. If you have lost him. But there where I have garnered up my heart. thou young and rose-lipped cherubin. I should have found in some place of my soul A drop of patience. Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes. The fountain from the which my current runs Or else dries up—to be discarded thence. ay. and smell’st so sweet That the sense aches at thee. ACT 4. 80 . Or keep it as a cistern for foul toads To knot and gender in—turn thy complexion there. what ignorant sin have I committed? OTHELLO Was this fair paper.LN 2753 LN 2754 LN 2755 LN 2756 LN 2757 LN 2758 LN 2759 LN 2760 LN 2761 LN 2762 LN 2763 LN 2764 LN 2765 LN 2766 LN 2767 LN 2768 LN 2769 LN 2770 LN 2771 LN 2772 LN 2773 LN 2774 LN 2775 LN 2776 LN 2777 LN 2778 LN 2779 LN 2780 LN 2781 LN 2782 LN 2783 LN 2784 LN 2785 197 Othello Am I the motive of these tears. this most goodly book. very well. as summer flies are in the shambles. had they rained All kind of sores and shames on my bare head. Patience. Where either I must live or bear no life. Lay not your blame on me. 75 OTHELLO O. 2 55 60 65 70 DESDEMONA I hope my noble lord esteems me honest. my lord? If haply you my father do suspect An instrument of this your calling back. Steeped me in poverty to the very lips. Who art so lovely fair.

He gives her money. then. you! We have done our course. SC. OTHELLO 105 Enter Emilia. EMILIA Alas. I pray you turn the key and keep our counsel. as I shall be saved. There’s money for your pains. That have the office opposite to Saint Peter And keeps the gate of hell—you. you. What committed? Impudent strumpet! DESDEMONA By heaven. OTHELLO Is ’t possible? 85 90 95 100 DESDEMONA O. I am none. heaven forgive us! I cry you mercy. you do me wrong! OTHELLO Are not you a strumpet? DESDEMONA No. The bawdy wind that kisses all it meets Is hushed within the hollow mine of earth And will not hear ’t. and the moon winks. 2 I should make very forges of my cheeks That would to cinders burn up modesty. half asleep. mistress. EMILIA Good madam. OTHELLO What. ay. what’s the matter with my lord? 110 . madam? How do you. Did I but speak thy deeds. not a whore? DESDEMONA No.LN 2786 LN 2787 LN 2788 LN 2789 LN 2790 LN 2791 LN 2792 LN 2793 LN 2794 LN 2795 LN 2796 LN 2797 LN 2798 LN 2799 LN 2800 LN 2801 LN 2802 LN 2803 LN 2804 LN 2805 LN 2806 LN 2807 LN 2808 LN 2809 LN 2810 LN 2811 LN 2812 LN 2813 LN 2814 LN 2815 199 Othello ACT 4. what does this gentleman conceive? How do you. as I am a Christian! If to preserve this vessel for my lord From any other foul unlawful touch Be not to be a strumpet. I took you for that cunning whore of Venice That married with Othello.—You. He exits. What committed? Heaven stops the nose at it. my good lady? DESDEMONA Faith.

I cannot weep. 135 DESDEMONA Am I that name. madam? How is ’t with you? DESDEMONA I cannot tell. with my lord. IAGO What is the matter. my lord hath so bewhored her. Emilia. DESDEMONA I have none. 2 115 DESDEMONA Who is thy lord? EMILIA He that is yours. Remember. Prithee. very meet. 120 DESDEMONA ’Tis meet I should be used so. nor answers have I none But what should go by water. madam. Those that do teach young babes Do it with gentle means and easy tasks. How have I been behaved that he might stick The small’st opinion on my least misuse? 125 Enter Iago and Emilia. He might have chid me so. tonight Lay on my bed my wedding sheets. lady? 130 EMILIA Alas. Thrown such despite and heavy terms upon her As true hearts cannot bear. EMILIA He called her “whore. LN 2816 DESDEMONA LN 2817 EMILIA LN 2818 LN 2819 LN 2820 LN 2821 LN 2822 LN 2823 LN 2824 LN 2825 LN 2826 LN 2827 LN 2828 LN 2829 LN 2830 LN 2831 LN 2832 LN 2833 LN 2834 LN 2835 LN 2836 LN 2837 LN 2838 LN 2839 LN 2840 LN 2841 LN 2842 LN 2843 ACT 4. Iago. Iago? What name. Do not talk to me. I am a child to chiding. 140 . And call thy husband hither. in good faith. fair IAGO lady? DESDEMONA Such as she said my lord did say I was. SC.201 Othello With who? Why. sweet lady. She exits. IAGO What is your pleasure. EMILIA Here’s a change indeed.” A beggar in his drink Could not have laid such terms upon his callet. for.

there is no such man.LN 2844 LN 2845 LN 2846 LN 2847 LN 2848 LN 2849 LN 2850 LN 2851 LN 2852 LN 2853 LN 2854 LN 2855 LN 2856 LN 2857 LN 2858 LN 2859 LN 2860 LN 2861 LN 2862 LN 2863 LN 2864 LN 2865 LN 2866 LN 2867 LN 2868 LN 2869 LN 2870 LN 2871 203 IAGO Othello ACT 4. IAGO Do not weep. Even from the east to th’ west! IAGO Speak within door. and hell gnaw his bones! Why should he call her “whore”? Who keeps her company? What place? What time? What form? What likelihood? The Moor’s abused by some most villainous knave. that such companions thou ’dst unfold. heaven doth know. Some base notorious knave. EMILIA A halter pardon him. And put in every honest hand a whip To lash the rascals naked through the world. EMILIA I will be hanged if some eternal villain. cozening slave. 155 IAGO Fie. Some busy and insinuating rogue. do not weep! Alas the day! 145 EMILIA Hath she forsook so many noble matches. Her father and her country and her friends. to get some office. I will be hanged else. Have not devised this slander. It is impossible. 2 Why did he so? DESDEMONA I do not know. SC. 150 IAGO Beshrew him for ’t! How comes this trick upon him? DESDEMONA Nay. 160 165 170 . O heaven. Some cogging. some scurvy fellow. I am sure I am none such. DESDEMONA If any such there be. heaven pardon him. To be called “whore”? Would it not make one weep? DESDEMONA It is my wretched fortune.

Comfort forswear me! She stands. And ever will—though he do shake me off To beggarly divorcement—love him dearly. And his unkindness may defeat my life. But never taint my love. Trumpets sound. ’Tis but his humor. All things shall be well. And he does chide with you. Iago. Desdemona and Emilia exit. 195 DESDEMONA If ’twere no other— It is but so. mine ears. 2 EMILIA O. Unkindness may do much. I warrant. and ever did. I know not how I lost him. Not the world’s mass of vanity could make me.LN 2872 LN 2873 LN 2874 LN 2875 LN 2876 LN 2877 LN 2878 LN 2879 LN 2880 LN 2881 LN 2882 LN 2883 LN 2884 LN 2885 LN 2886 LN 2887 LN 2888 LN 2889 LN 2890 LN 2891 LN 2892 LN 2893 LN 2894 LN 2895 LN 2896 LN 2897 LN 2898 LN 2899 LN 2900 LN 2901 LN 2902 205 Othello ACT 4. Go to! Alas. If e’er my will did trespass ’gainst his love. or any sense Delighted them in any other form. Or that I do not yet. To do the act that might the addition earn. The business of the state does him offense. go to him. DESDEMONA 175 180 185 190 IAGO I pray you be content. Here I kneel. Hark how these instruments summon to supper. Either in discourse of thought or actual deed. What shall I do to win my lord again? Good friend. fie upon them! Some such squire he was That turned your wit the seamy side without And made you to suspect me with the Moor. SC. The messengers of Venice stays the meat. IAGO You are a fool. Or that mine eyes. For by this light of heaven. Go in and weep not. I cannot say “whore”— It does abhor me now I speak the word. She kneels. IAGO 200 .

Nor am I yet persuaded to put up in peace what already I have foolishly suffered. Roderigo? I do not find That thou deal’st justly with me. IAGO You charge me most unjustly. 2 Enter Roderigo. Roderigo? RODERIGO Faith. RODERIGO I tell you ’tis not very well! I will make myself known to Desdemona. man. and your words and performances are no kin together. nor ’tis not very well! By this hand. I say ’tis very scurvy. IAGO Very well. Iago. assure yourself I will seek satisfaction of you. RODERIGO Ay. and said nothing but what I protest intendment of doing.LN 2903 LN 2904 LN 2905 LN 2906 LN 2907 LN 2908 LN 2909 LN 2910 LN 2911 LN 2912 LN 2913 LN 2914 LN 2915 LN 2916 LN 2917 LN 2918 LN 2919 LN 2920 LN 2921 LN 2922 LN 2923 LN 2924 LN 2925 LN 2926 LN 2927 LN 2928 LN 2929 LN 2930 LN 2931 LN 2932 LN 2933 LN 2934 LN 2935 LN 2936 207 Othello ACT 4. You have told me she hath received them. If she will return me my jewels. I have heard too much. The jewels you have had from me to deliver to Desdemona would half have corrupted a votaress.” “Go to!” I cannot go to. as it seems to me now. I will indeed no longer endure it. IAGO You have said now. and returned me expectations and comforts of sudden respect and acquaintance. How now. RODERIGO 205 210 215 220 225 230 235 . IAGO Will you hear me. RODERIGO With naught but truth. If not. and begin to find myself fopped in it. go to! Very well. I will give over my suit and repent my unlawful solicitation. IAGO Well. and rather. I have wasted myself out of my means. keep’st from me all conveniency than suppliest me with the least advantage of hope. RODERIGO “Very well. SC. IAGO What in the contrary? RODERIGO Every day thou daff’st me with some device. but I find none.

RODERIGO It hath not appeared. and he shall fall between us. Thou hast taken against me a most just exception. RODERIGO Well. and your suspicion is not without wit and judgment. there is especial commission come from Venice to depute Cassio in Othello’s place. by making him uncapable of Othello’s place: knocking out his brains. no. and thither will I go to him. and even from this instant do build on thee a better opinion than ever before. Give me thy hand. and valor—this night show it. IAGO I grant indeed it hath not appeared. RODERIGO How do you mean. now I see there’s mettle in thee. courage. if you dare do yourself a profit and a right. If thou the next night following enjoy not Desdemona. But. IAGO O. SC. RODERIGO Is that true? Why. He goes into Mauritania and takes away with him the fair Desdemona. but yet I protest I have dealt most directly in thy affair. removing him? IAGO Why. He knows not yet of his honorable fortune.LN 2937 LN 2938 LN 2939 LN 2940 LN 2941 LN 2942 LN 2943 LN 2944 LN 2945 LN 2946 LN 2947 LN 2948 LN 2949 LN 2950 LN 2951 LN 2952 LN 2953 LN 2954 LN 2955 LN 2956 LN 2957 LN 2958 LN 2959 LN 2960 LN 2961 LN 2962 LN 2963 LN 2964 LN 2965 LN 2966 LN 2967 LN 2968 LN 2969 LN 2970 LN 2971 LN 2972 209 Othello ACT 4. take me from this world with treachery and devise engines for my life. then. He sups tonight with a harlotry. 2 Why. Roderigo. unless his abode be lingered here by some accident—wherein none can be so determinate as the removing of Cassio. what is it? Is it within reason and compass? IAGO Sir. Roderigo. RODERIGO And that you would have me to do? IAGO Ay. you may take him at your pleasure. I will be near to second your attempt. if thou hast that in thee indeed which I have greater reason to believe now than ever—I mean purpose. IAGO 240 245 250 255 260 265 270 . If you will watch his going thence (which I will fashion to fall out between twelve and one). Othello and Desdemona return again to Venice. Come.

IAGO And you shall be satisfied. LODOVICO I do beseech you. good Emilia. SC. And hath commanded me to go to bed. trouble yourself no further. my lord. EMILIA Dismiss me? DESDEMONA It was his bidding. DESDEMONA He says he will return incontinent. 3 stand not amazed at it. sir?—O. Lodovico. pardon me. Desdemona. DESDEMONA I will. All but Desdemona and Emilia exit. LODOVICO Madam. 15 . DESDEMONA Your Honor is most welcome. They exit. And bade me to dismiss you. OTHELLO Will you walk. sir. Look ’t be done. 5 DESDEMONA 10 EMILIA How goes it now? He looks gentler than he did. and the night grows to waste. I will show you such a necessity in his death that you shall think yourself bound to put it on him. but go along with me. I will be returned forthwith. Therefore. ’twill do me good to walk. and Attendants. OTHELLO O. Desdemona— My lord? OTHELLO Get you to bed on th’ instant. 275 Scene 3 Enter Othello. It is now high supper time.LN 2973 LN 2974 LN 2975 LN 2976 LN 2977 LN 2978 LN 2979 LN 2980 LN 2981 LN 2982 LN 2983 LN 2984 LN 2985 LN 2986 LN 2987 LN 2988 LN 2989 LN 2990 LN 2991 LN 2992 LN 2993 LN 2994 211 Othello ACT 4. I humbly thank your Ladyship. Emilia. Dismiss your attendant there. About it! RODERIGO I will hear further reason for this. good night.

EMILIA Come. Her hand on her bosom. I have much to do But to go hang my head all at one side And sing it like poor Barbary. and adieu. We must not now displease him. come. Prithee. singing The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree. but it expressed her fortune. EMILIA I know a lady in Venice would have walked barefoot to Palestine for a touch of his nether lip. you talk! 25 DESDEMONA My mother had a maid called Barbary. dispatch. Good faith. how foolish are our minds! If I do die before thee. An old thing ’twas. DESDEMONA So would not I. and he she loved proved mad And did forsake her. willow. DESDEMONA All’s one. DESDEMONA. willow. My love doth so approve him That even his stubbornness. unpin me—have grace and favor in them. That song tonight Will not go from my mind. Sing willow. EMILIA A very handsome man. She had a song of willow. Sing all a green willow. This Lodovico is a proper man. unpin me here. his checks. prithee. 3 Give me my nightly wearing. shroud me In one of those same sheets. DESDEMONA He speaks well. SC. She was in love. EMILIA I would you had never seen him. 30 35 40 45 . 20 EMILIA I have laid those sheets you bade me on the bed.LN 2995 LN 2996 LN 2997 LN 2998 LN 2999 LN 3000 LN 3001 LN 3002 LN 3003 LN 3004 LN 3005 LN 3006 LN 3007 LN 3008 LN 3009 LN 3010 LN 3011 LN 3012 LN 3013 LN 3014 LN 3015 LN 3016 LN 3017 LN 3018 LN 3019 LN 3020 LN 3021 LN 3022 LN 3023 LN 3024 213 Othello ACT 4. EMILIA Shall I go fetch your nightgown? DESDEMONA No. her head on her knee. his frowns— Prithee. And she died singing it.

and softened the stones— Lay by these. Her salt tears fell from her. willow. Mine eyes do itch. Good night. Sing willow. his scorn I approve. you’ll couch with more men. Sing willow. 70 DESDEMONA Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world? EMILIA Why. would not you? DESDEMONA No. Hark.LN 3025 LN 3026 LN 3027 LN 3028 LN 3029 LN 3030 LN 3031 LN 3032 LN 3033 LN 3034 LN 3035 LN 3036 LN 3037 LN 3038 LN 3039 LN 3040 LN 3041 LN 3042 LN 3043 LN 3044 LN 3045 LN 3046 LN 3047 LN 3048 LN 3049 LN 3050 LN 3051 LN 3052 LN 3053 LN 3054 LN 3055 215 Othello ACT 4. get thee gone. O these men. who is ’t that knocks? EMILIA It’s the wind. Let nobody blame him. Doth that bode weeping? EMILIA ’Tis neither here nor there. but what said he then? Sing willow. by this heavenly light! EMILIA Nor I neither. willow. 60 65 DESDEMONA I have heard it said so. willow. no question. by this heavenly light. I might do ’t as well i’ th’ dark. 50 55 DESDEMONA I called my love false love. willow. Prithee hie thee! He’ll come anon. Sing all a green willow must be my garland. Emilia— That there be women do abuse their husbands In such gross kind? EMILIA There be some such. If I court more women. 3 The fresh streams ran by her and murmured her moans. willow. that’s not next. DESDEMONA Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world? 75 . willow. these men! Dost thou in conscience think—tell me. SC. — So. Nay.

a dozen. having the world for your labor. and you might quickly make it right. As husbands have. EMILIA Yes. and as many to th’ vantage as would store the world they played for. and frailty. DESDEMONA Beshrew me if I would do such a wrong for the whole world! EMILIA Why. nor for gowns. nor any petty exhibition. and smell. as men have? EMILIA 80 85 90 95 100 105 110 . But I do think it is their husbands’ faults If wives do fall. Let husbands know Their wives have sense like them. Yet have we some revenge. Marry. It is a great price for a small vice. And have their palates both for sweet and sour. But for the whole world— ’Uds pity! Who would not make her husband a cuckold to make him a monarch? I should venture purgatory for ’t. I think I should. DESDEMONA In troth. And doth affection breed it? I think it doth. Say that they slack their duties. petticoats. And have not we affections. Or say they strike us. nor for measures of lawn. 3 The world’s a huge thing. ’tis a wrong in your own world. Why. Is ’t frailty that thus errs? It is so too. and though we have some grace. Throwing restraint upon us. Desires for sport. I would not do such a thing for a joint ring. Or else break out in peevish jealousies. Or scant our former having in despite. the wrong is but a wrong i’ th’ world. and. They see. I think thou wouldst not. we have galls. EMILIA In troth. and undo ’t when I had done it. What is it that they do When they change us for others? Is it sport? I think it is. SC. And pour our treasures into foreign laps. DESDEMONA I do not think there is any such woman.LN 3056 LN 3057 LN 3058 LN 3059 LN 3060 LN 3061 LN 3062 LN 3063 LN 3064 LN 3065 LN 3066 LN 3067 LN 3068 LN 3069 LN 3070 LN 3071 LN 3072 LN 3073 LN 3074 LN 3075 LN 3076 LN 3077 LN 3078 LN 3079 LN 3080 LN 3081 LN 3082 LN 3083 LN 3084 LN 3085 LN 3086 LN 3087 LN 3088 LN 3089 LN 3090 LN 3091 217 Othello ACT 4. nor caps.

their ills instruct us so. Not to pick bad from bad.LN 3092 LN 3093 LN 3094 LN 3095 219 Othello ACT 4. Else let them know. 3 Then let them use us well. God me such uses send. The ills we do. DESDEMONA Good night. good night. SC. 115 . They exit. but by bad mend.

and put it home. And he grows angry. whether he kill Cassio. 5 RODERIGO Be near at hand. quick! Fear nothing. ’Tis but a man gone. He draws his sword. aside I have rubbed this young quat almost to the sense. Now. IAGO . Quick. Be bold and take thy stand. It makes us or it mars us—think on that. And yet he hath given me satisfying reasons. Or Cassio him. Live Roderigo. or each do kill the other. RODERIGO I have no great devotion to the deed. And fix most firm thy resolution. I’ll be at thy elbow. Wear thy good rapier bare. IAGO Here. my sword! He dies. stand behind this bulk. Forth. IAGO Here. Straight will he come. He moves aside. He calls me to a restitution large Of gold and jewels that I bobbed from him 223 10 15 . Every way makes my gain. at thy hand. I may miscarry in ’t.LN 3096 LN 3097 LN 3098 LN 3099 LN 3100 LN 3101 LN 3102 LN 3103 LN 3104 LN 3105 LN 3106 LN 3107 LN 3108 LN 3109 LN 3110 LN 3111 LN 3112 Scene 1 Enter Iago and Roderigo.

your dear lies dead.—Minion. And besides. He hath a daily beauty in his life That makes me ugly. And your unblest fate hies. thou diest! He thrusts at Cassio. 20 Enter Cassio. RODERIGO O. That hast such noble sense of thy friend’s wrong! Thou teachest me. aside ’Tis he! O brave Iago. aside It is even so. murder! Enter Othello. villain that I am! OTHELLO.LN 3113 LN 3114 LN 3115 LN 3116 LN 3117 LN 3118 LN 3119 LN 3120 LN 3121 LN 3122 LN 3123 LN 3124 LN 3125 LN 3126 LN 3127 LN 3128 LN 3129 LN 3130 LN 3131 LN 3132 LN 3133 LN 3134 225 Othello ACT 5. the Moor May unfold me to him. he must die. ’Tis he!—Villain. help ho! Light! A surgeon! OTHELLO. Forth of my heart those charms. and stabs Roderigo. 30 35 . I hear him coming. SC. 25 CASSIO I am maimed forever! Help. He draws. It must not be. ho! Murder. There stand I in much peril. CASSIO O. Be ’t so. CASSIO That thrust had been mine enemy indeed But that my coat is better than thou know’st. No. 1 As gifts to Desdemona. RODERIGO O. and exits. If Cassio do remain. I will make proof of thine. RODERIGO I know his gait. thine eyes. I come. are blotted. I am slain! Roderigo falls. OTHELLO The voice of Cassio! Iago keeps his word. Strumpet. Iago stabs Cassio in the leg. honest and just.

to Cassio What are you here that cry so grievously? 60 . ’Tis heavy night.LN 3135 LN 3136 LN 3137 LN 3138 LN 3139 LN 3140 LN 3141 LN 3142 LN 3143 LN 3144 LN 3145 LN 3146 LN 3147 LN 3148 LN 3149 LN 3150 LN 3151 LN 3152 LN 3153 LN 3154 LN 3155 LN 3156 LN 3157 227 Othello ACT 5. 50 Enter Iago with a light. help! LODOVICO Hark! RODERIGO O wretched villain! 45 LODOVICO Two or three groan. lust-stained. LODOVICO The same indeed. SC. The voice is very direful. RODERIGO Nobody come? Then shall I bleed to death. These may be counterfeits. a very valiant fellow. IAGO . murder! GRATIANO ’Tis some mischance. CASSIO What ho! No watch? No passage? Murder. IAGO Did not you hear a cry? CASSIO Here. Othello exits. help me! IAGO to Lodovico This is Othello’s ancient. with light and weapons. 40 Enter Lodovico and Gratiano. shall with lust’s blood be spotted. 1 Thy bed. CASSIO O. What’s the matter? GRATIANO . LODOVICO Hark! GRATIANO Here’s one comes in his shirt. as I take it. IAGO Who’s there? Whose noise is this that cries on murder? 55 LODOVICO We do not know. Let’s think ’t unsafe To come in to the cry without more help. here! For heaven’s sake.

What are you there? Come in. and give some help. IAGO I cry you mercy. undone by villains. murder. praise us. lieutenant! What villains have done this? I think that one of them is hereabout And cannot make away. Here’s Cassio hurt by villains. RODERIGO O. 1 CASSIO LN 3175 LN 3177 Othello Signior Lodovico? 80 He. IAGO O treacherous villains! To Lodovico and Gratiano. CASSIO 85 . I’ll bind it with my shirt. IAGO Marry. SC. gentlemen. GRATIANO Cassio? IAGO How is ’t. IAGO . murder!— What may you be? Are you of good or evil? LN 3181 LN 3182 75 LODOVICO As you shall prove us. RODERIGO O damned Iago! O inhuman dog! IAGO Kill men i’ th’ dark?—Where be these bloody thieves? How silent is this town! Ho. to Roderigo O murd’rous slave! O villain! He stabs Roderigo. help me here! That’s one of them. brother? My leg is cut in two. LODOVICO LN 3180 70 CASSIO LN 3176 LN 3179 65 CASSIO IAGO LN 3178 ACT 5. Give me some help! IAGO O me. heaven forbid! Light. sir.LN 3158 LN 3159 LN 3160 LN 3161 LN 3162 LN 3163 LN 3164 LN 3165 LN 3166 LN 3167 LN 3168 LN 3169 LN 3170 LN 3171 LN 3172 LN 3173 LN 3174 229 Iago? O. I am spoiled.

So. My sweet Cassio! O Cassio. sure. SC. a chair! 110 . 100 105 IAGO Signior Gratiano? I cry your gentle pardon. my dear Cassio.—Come. Did you know him? GRATIANO Know him? Ay. Cassio. IAGO How do you.LN 3183 LN 3184 LN 3185 LN 3186 LN 3187 LN 3188 LN 3189 LN 3190 LN 3191 LN 3192 LN 3193 LN 3194 LN 3195 LN 3196 LN 3197 LN 3198 LN 3199 LN 3200 LN 3201 LN 3202 LN 3203 LN 3204 LN 3205 LN 3206 LN 3207 LN 3208 231 Othello ACT 5. O. a chair. GRATIANO I am glad to see you. Lend me a light. ho? Who is ’t that cried? IAGO Who is ’t that cried? O. O heaven. Cassio. come. I do suspect this trash To be a party in this injury. Peering at Roderigo. he faints. Know we this face or no? Alas. my friend and my dear countryman Roderigo? No! Yes. BIANCA What is the matter. of Venice? IAGO Even he. These bloody accidents must excuse my manners That so neglected you. GRATIANO I am sorry to find you thus. may you suspect Who they should be that have thus mangled you? CASSIO No. Cassio! IAGO Gentlemen all. I have been to seek you.— Patience awhile. good Cassio. 95 IAGO Lend me a garter. Roderigo! GRATIANO What.—O for a chair To bear him easily hence! BIANCA Alas. Cassio?—O. Cassio. Cassio! BIANCA 90 IAGO O notable strumpet! Cassio. 1 Enter Bianca. sir.

Nor do I know the man. guiltiness will speak Though tongues were out of use. look upon her. IAGO . Do you see. look you pale?—O. mistress. good Cassio! IAGO This is the fruits of whoring. Cassio. Stay you. bear him out o’ th’ air. gentlemen? Nay. good gentleman! Alas. What. EMILIA Alas. O. the chair. Was my dear friend. we shall hear more anon. Prithee. what is the matter? What is the matter. mistress?— Do you perceive the gastness of her eye?— Nay. if you stare. I pray you. 125 130 Enter Emilia. Emilia. Save you your labor.— Some good man bear him carefully from hence. he. SC. EMILIA Alas. ’tis he! A chair is brought in. and Roderigo are carried off.—Look you pale. He’s almost slain. To Bianca. good gentlemen. and Roderigo dead.— Behold her well. Cassio. husband? IAGO Cassio hath here been set on in the dark By Roderigo and fellows that are scaped. To Gratiano and Lodovico. Go know of Cassio where he supped tonight. to Bianca What. 1 Roderigo? IAGO He. What malice was between you? 115 120 CASSIO None in the world. I’ll fetch the General’s surgeon.— For you.LN 3209 LN 3210 LN 3211 LN 3212 LN 3213 LN 3214 LN 3215 LN 3216 LN 3217 LN 3218 LN 3219 LN 3220 LN 3221 LN 3222 LN 3223 LN 3224 LN 3225 LN 3226 LN 3227 LN 3228 LN 3229 LN 3230 LN 3231 LN 3232 LN 3233 LN 3234 233 GRATIANO Othello ACT 5.—He that lies slain here. in the chair. do you shake at that? 135 . that’s well said.

else she’ll betray more men. But once put out thy light. Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow. and Desdemona in her bed. I know not where is that Promethean heat That can thy light relume. 140 IAGO O. you chaste stars. did he so? I charge you go with me. EMILIA As I? Faugh! Fie upon thee! 145 IAGO Kind gentlemen. When I have plucked the rose. Yet I’ll not shed her blood. but I therefore shake not. They exit in different directions. Yet she must die. but of life as honest As you that thus abuse me.— Will you go on afore? Aside.LN 3235 LN 3236 LN 3237 LN 3238 LN 3239 LN 3240 LN 3241 LN 3242 LN 3243 LN 3244 LN 3245 LN 3246 LN 3247 LN 3248 LN 3249 LN 3250 LN 3251 LN 3252 LN 3253 LN 3254 LN 3255 LN 3256 LN 3257 LN 3258 LN 3259 LN 3260 235 Othello ACT 5. mistress. Let me not name it to you. thou flaming minister. it is the cause. you must tell ’s another tale. SC.— Emilia. OTHELLO It is the cause. Put out the light. If I quench thee. run you to the citadel And tell my lord and lady what hath happed.— Come. And smooth as monumental alabaster. 2 BIANCA He supped at my house. This is the night That either makes me or fordoes me quite. 150 Scene 2 Enter Othello with a light. strumpet! BIANCA I am no strumpet. I can again thy former light restore Should I repent me. 5 10 . and then put out the light. Thou cunning’st pattern of excelling nature. my soul. let’s go see poor Cassio dressed. EMILIA O fie upon thee. It is the cause.

I must weep. my lord? Have you prayed tonight. Be thus when thou art dead. He kisses her. Solicit for it straight. Desdemona. Then heaven have mercy on me. It needs must wither. So sweet was ne’er so fatal. 2 DESDEMONA If you say so. OTHELLO If you bethink yourself of any crime Unreconciled as yet to heaven and grace. O balmy breath. One more. one more. DESDEMONA LN 3287 OTHELLO LN 3289 20 OTHELLO LN 3286 LN 3288 15 DESDEMONA LN 3272 LN 3274 ACT 5. I would not kill thy unpreparèd spirit. and I will kill thee And love thee after. my lord. Who’s there? Othello? OTHELLO LN 3273 DESDEMONA LN 3275 LN 3276 LN 3277 LN 3278 LN 3279 LN 3280 LN 3281 LN 3282 LN 3283 LN 3284 LN 3285 25 Ay. I do. Will you come to bed. my lord. SC. with all my heart. that dost almost persuade Justice to break her sword! He kisses her. Desdemon? DESDEMONA Ay. do it. 40 . DESDEMONA Alack. OTHELLO Humh. heaven forfend! I would not kill thy soul. She wakes. I’ll smell it on the tree. No. This sorrow’s heavenly: It strikes where it doth love. What may you mean by that? 30 OTHELLO Well. Amen. I will walk by. and be brief.LN 3261 LN 3262 LN 3263 LN 3264 LN 3265 LN 3266 LN 3267 LN 3268 LN 3269 LN 3270 LN 3271 237 Othello I cannot give it vital growth again. I hope you will not kill me. But they are cruel tears. and this the last. One more. DESDEMONA Talk you of killing? 35 OTHELLO Ay.

DESDEMONA LN 3296 OTHELLO LN 3298 LN 3299 LN 3300 LN 3301 LN 3302 LN 3303 LN 3304 LN 3305 LN 3306 LN 3307 LN 3308 LN 3309 LN 3310 LN 3311 LN 3312 LN 3313 LN 3314 LN 3315 LN 3316 LN 3317 45 OTHELLO LN 3295 LN 3297 ACT 5. Alas. Why I should fear I know not. Thou art on thy deathbed. OTHELLO Peace. Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin. and gave thee. What’s the matter? That handkerchief Which I so loved. 55 DESDEMONA I will so. but not yet to die. but yet I hope. Thou art to die. OTHELLO 60 DESDEMONA No. They are loves I bear to you. why gnaw you so your nether lip? Some bloody passion shakes your very frame.LN 3290 LN 3291 LN 3292 LN 3293 LN 3294 239 Othello DESDEMONA And yet I fear you. These are portents. Since guiltiness I know not. and be still. Think on thy sins. thou gav’st to Cassio. SC. DESDEMONA Ay. 2 50 DESDEMONA That death’s unnatural that kills for loving. For to deny each article with oath Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception That I do groan withal. by my life and soul! Send for the man And ask him. take heed of perjury. presently. and for that thou diest. 70 OTHELLO DESDEMONA Then Lord have mercy on me! . for you’re fatal then When your eyes roll so. OTHELLO Sweet soul. 65 Yes. take heed. Ay. I hope They do not point on me. but yet I feel I fear.

Let him confess a truth. 2 How? Unlawfully? Ay. OTHELLO Out.LN 3318 LN 3319 LN 3320 LN 3321 LN 3322 LN 3323 LN 3324 LN 3325 LN 3326 LN 3327 LN 3328 LN 3329 LN 3330 LN 3331 LN 3332 LN 3333 241 Othello I say “Amen. LN 3335 LN 3338 80 OTHELLO DESDEMONA LN 3337 75 OTHELLO LN 3334 LN 3336 ACT 5. but kill me not! . never loved Cassio But with such general warranty of heaven As I might love. 95 DESDEMONA Alas. She weeps. 90 No.” OTHELLO DESDEMONA And have you mercy. His mouth is stopped. my great revenge Had stomach for them all. my lord. I never did Offend you in my life. OTHELLO DESDEMONA O. thou dost stone my heart And mak’st me call what I intend to do A murder. I saw my handkerchief in ’s hand! O perjured woman. By heaven. and I undone. is he dead? OTHELLO Had all his hairs been lives. SC. too. I never gave it him. I never gave him token. my fear interprets. strumpet! Weep’st thou for him to my face? DESDEMONA O banish me. DESDEMONA He will not say so. OTHELLO He hath confessed. my lord? OTHELLO LN 3339 LN 3340 LN 3341 LN 3342 LN 3343 LN 3344 85 That he hath used thee. then. What. DESDEMONA What. he is betrayed. which I thought a sacrifice! I saw the handkerchief! DESDEMONA He found it. Send for him hither. Honest Iago hath ta’en order for ’t.

let me live tonight. she’ll sure speak to my wife. What’s best to do? If she come in. good my lord. my wife! What wife? I have no wife. Ha. no more moving? Still as the grave. O insupportable! O heavy hour! Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse Of sun and moon. so. O. my lord! OTHELLO What noise is this?—Not dead? Not yet quite dead? I that am cruel am yet merciful. within O. OTHELLO Nay.—By and by. 110 OTHELLO Yes. within I do beseech you That I may speak with you. My wife. Shall she come in? Were ’t good? I think she stirs again. ’Tis Emilia. if you strive— 100 DESDEMONA But half an hour! OTHELLO Being done. No. The noise was here. ’Tis like she comes to speak of Cassio’s death. I would not have thee linger in thy pain. So.—She’s dead. SC. my lord? What ho! My lord. I would speak a word with you. 105 EMILIA . 2 Down. and that th’ affrighted globe Should yawn at alteration. there is no pause. DESDEMONA But while I say one prayer! OTHELLO It is too late. good my lord— 115 120 125 .LN 3345 LN 3346 LN 3347 LN 3348 LN 3349 LN 3350 LN 3351 LN 3352 LN 3353 LN 3354 LN 3355 LN 3356 LN 3357 LN 3358 LN 3359 LN 3360 LN 3361 LN 3362 LN 3363 LN 3364 LN 3365 LN 3366 LN 3367 LN 3368 LN 3369 LN 3370 LN 3371 LN 3372 LN 3373 243 OTHELLO Othello ACT 5. within What. ho! My lord. EMILIA . EMILIA . my lord! OTHELLO Who’s there? EMILIA . He smothers her. within My lord. strumpet! DESDEMONA Kill me tomorrow.

O sweet mistress. And sweet revenge grows harsh. I myself.— Where art thou? 130 Enter Emilia. and alas. O. Emilia. my lord. DESDEMONA O falsely. OTHELLO What? Now? EMILIA But now. 150 She dies. what cry is that? OTHELLO That? What? EMILIA Out. that was my lady’s voice! Help! Help ho! Help! O lady.— Soft. 135 OTHELLO Roderigo killed? And Cassio killed? EMILIA No. come in. by and by. She comes more nearer Earth than she was wont And makes men mad. yonder’s foul murders done. farewell. EMILIA O. OTHELLO It is the very error of the moon. speak! DESDEMONA A guiltless death I die. 2 OTHELLO I had forgot thee. hath killed A young Venetian called Roderigo.LN 3374 LN 3375 LN 3376 245 LN 3379 LN 3380 LN 3381 LN 3382 LN 3383 LN 3384 LN 3385 LN 3386 LN 3387 LN 3388 LN 3389 LN 3390 LN 3391 LN 3392 LN 3393 LN 3394 LN 3395 LN 3396 LN 3397 LN 3398 LN 3399 ACT 5. EMILIA 145 O Lord. my good lord. Commend me to my kind lord. who hath done this deed? DESDEMONA Nobody. let me the curtains draw. Farewell. 140 OTHELLO Not Cassio killed? Then murder’s out of tune. falsely murdered. speak again! Sweet Desdemona. . EMILIA Cassio. O. What’s the matter with thee now? LN 3377 LN 3378 Othello EMILIA O. Cassio is not killed. SC. my lord.

and thou art a devil! OTHELLO She was false as water. ’twas he that told me on her first. EMILIA Thou art rash as fire to say That she was false. who 155 knows? OTHELLO You heard her say herself. 160 EMILIA O. Had she been true. it was not I. If heaven would make me such another world Of one entire and perfect chrysolite. Thy husband knew it all. the more angel she. she was heavenly true! 165 OTHELLO Cassio did top her. with Cassio. and she was a whore. and you the blacker devil! OTHELLO She turned to folly.LN 3400 LN 3401 LN 3402 LN 3403 LN 3404 LN 3405 LN 3406 LN 3407 LN 3408 LN 3409 LN 3410 LN 3411 LN 3412 LN 3413 LN 3414 LN 3415 LN 3416 LN 3417 LN 3418 LN 3419 LN 3420 LN 3421 LN 3422 LN 3423 LN 3424 LN 3425 247 Othello ACT 5. I must needs report the truth. 2 OTHELLO Why. OTHELLO She’s like a liar gone to burning hell! ’Twas I that killed her. EMILIA Thou dost belie her. EMILIA She said so. O. I’d not have sold her for it. how should she be murdered? EMILIA Alas. EMILIA That she was false to wedlock? 170 OTHELLO Ay. SC. I were damned beneath all depth in hell But that I did proceed upon just grounds To this extremity. O. EMILIA My husband? OTHELLO Thy husband. Ask thy husband else. EMILIA My husband? OTHELLO Ay. 175 .

MONTANO What is the matter? How now. Dost understand the word? My friend. ho! Help! The Moor hath killed my mistress! Murder. may his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a day! He lies to th’ heart! She was too fond of her most filthy bargain. honest. murder! 200 Enter Montano. I’ll make thee known. OTHELLO Peace. and hates the slime That sticks on filthy deeds. OTHELLO Hah? EMILIA Do thy worst! This deed of thine is no more worthy heaven Than thou wast worthy her. are you come. He draws his sword. you were best! 190 195 EMILIA Thou hast not half that power to do me harm As I have to be hurt. woman? I say. woman. That men must lay their murders on your neck. thy husband. thy husband. and Iago. Gratiano. 205 . Though I lost twenty lives. Iago? You have done well. O gull! O dolt. As ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done a deed— I care not for thy sword. I say thy husband. 2 An honest man he is. EMILIA My husband? 180 OTHELLO What needs this iterance. EMILIA O mistress. general? EMILIA O. SC. honest Iago. Help! Help.LN 3426 LN 3427 LN 3428 LN 3429 LN 3430 LN 3431 LN 3432 LN 3433 LN 3434 LN 3435 LN 3436 LN 3437 LN 3438 LN 3439 LN 3440 LN 3441 LN 3442 LN 3443 LN 3444 LN 3445 LN 3446 LN 3447 LN 3448 LN 3449 LN 3450 LN 3451 LN 3452 249 Othello ACT 5. villainy hath made mocks with love!— My husband say she was false? OTHELLO He. 185 EMILIA If he say so.

215 EMILIA You told a lie. Thou ’rt not such a villain. I am bound to speak. stare not. mistress. ALL O heavens forfend! EMILIA . Go to! Charm your tongue. ACT 5. EMILIA But did you ever tell him she was false? IAGO I did. 230 . masters. EMILIA I will not charm my tongue. GRATIANO ’Tis a strange truth. Speak. I’ll kill myself for grief! O villainy! Villainy! EMILIA IAGO What. a wicked lie! She false with Cassio? Did you say with Cassio? IAGO With Cassio. and told no more Than what he found himself was apt and true. to Iago Disprove this villain. He says thou told’st him that his wife was false. damnèd lie! Upon my soul. My mistress here lies murdered in her bed. I know thou didst not. a lie. to Iago And your reports have set the murder on! 220 OTHELLO Nay. an odious. villainy! I think upon ’t. 2 GRATIANO 210 IAGO I told him what I thought. villainy. for my heart is full. are you mad? I charge you get you home. I think! I smell ’t! O villainy! I thought so then.LN 3453 LN 3454 LN 3455 LN 3456 LN 3457 LN 3458 LN 3459 LN 3460 LN 3461 LN 3462 LN 3463 LN 3464 LN 3465 LN 3466 LN 3467 LN 3468 LN 3469 LN 3470 LN 3471 LN 3472 LN 3473 LN 3474 LN 3475 LN 3476 LN 3477 251 Othello What is the matter? EMILIA . if thou be’st a man. it is true indeed. 225 MONTANO O monstrous act! Villainy. SC.

Whose breath indeed these hands have newly stopped. let me have leave to speak. Thy match was mortal to him. hold your peace! ’Twill out. cry shame against me. curse his better angel from his side. ’twill out. I know this act shows horrible and grim. 2 EMILIA Good gentlemen. Did he live now. and pure grief Shore his old thread in twain. all. And fall to reprobance. And she did gratify his amorous works With that recognizance and pledge of love Which I first gave her. yet I’ll speak. and roar! For thou hast killed the sweetest innocent That e’er did lift up eye. lay thee down. I peace? No. and get you home. I will speak as liberal as the north. Let heaven and men and devils. EMILIA Nay. I will ne’er go home. EMILIA O God! O heavenly God! 250 255 IAGO Zounds. IAGO Be wise. Iago. let them all.LN 3478 LN 3479 LN 3480 LN 3481 LN 3482 LN 3483 LN 3484 LN 3485 LN 3486 LN 3487 LN 3488 LN 3489 LN 3490 LN 3491 LN 3492 LN 3493 LN 3494 LN 3495 LN 3496 LN 3497 LN 3498 LN 3499 LN 3500 LN 3501 LN 3502 LN 3503 LN 3504 LN 3505 LN 3506 LN 3507 LN 3508 LN 3509 LN 3510 253 Othello ACT 5. It was a handkerchief. Perchance. 245 OTHELLO ’Tis pitiful. O. I am glad thy father’s dead. This sight would make him do a desperate turn. There lies your niece. Cassio confessed it. OTHELLO O. He draws his sword. she was foul!— I scarce did know you. standing O. I saw it in his hand. Yea. OTHELLO. but not now. 235 240 GRATIANO Poor Desdemon. uncle. O! Othello falls on the bed. All. But yet Iago knows That she with Cassio hath the act of shame A thousand times committed. EMILIA 260 . an antique token My father gave my mother. SC. ’Tis proper I obey him.

GRATIANO He’s gone. Montano and Gratiano exit.LN 3511 LN 3512 LN 3513 LN 3514 LN 3515 LN 3516 LN 3517 LN 3518 LN 3519 LN 3520 LN 3521 LN 3522 LN 3523 LN 3524 LN 3525 LN 3526 LN 3527 LN 3528 LN 3529 LN 3530 LN 3531 LN 3532 LN 3533 LN 3534 LN 3535 LN 3536 LN 3537 255 Othello ACT 5. But kill him rather. your sword upon a woman! EMILIA O thou dull Moor. and did give my husband— For often. For ’tis a damnèd slave. O murd’rous coxcomb. EMILIA Ay. Come. that handkerchief thou speak’st of I found by fortune. what should such a fool Do with so good a wife? OTHELLO Are there no stones in heaven But what serves for the thunder?—Precious villain! The Moor runs at Iago but is disarmed. gentlemen! To Othello. 290 . but his wife’s killed. guard the door without. with a solemn earnestness (More than indeed belonged to such a trifle). IAGO Villainous whore! 270 EMILIA She give it Cassio? No. OTHELLO I am not valiant neither. I do not. 285 MONTANO ’Tis a notorious villain. I found it. He begged of me to steal ’t. IAGO Filth. I do not. Let him not pass. Iago exits. Iago kills his wife. And I did give ’t my husband. 2 EMILIA I will not. I’ll after that same villain. alas. Take you this weapon Which I have here recovered from the Moor. ay! O. GRATIANO 265 Fie. lay me by my mistress’ side. SC. thou liest! 275 EMILIA By heaven. 280 GRATIANO The woman falls! Sure he hath killed his wife.

295 300 OTHELLO I have another weapon in this chamber. here it is. But why should honor outlive honesty? Let it go all. So speaking as I think. Man but a rush against Othello’s breast. Moor. Thou hast no weapon and perforce must suffer. then. What did thy song bode. She sings. I must come forth. GRATIANO What is the matter? Behold. willow. A better never did itself sustain Upon a soldier’s thigh. So come my soul to bliss. willow. But—O vain boast!— Who can control his fate? ’Tis not so now. OTHELLO 310 315 320 . I die. alas. as I speak true. Do you go back dismayed? ’Tis a lost fear. Enter Gratiano. 305 OTHELLO Look in upon me. it will cost thee dear. Willow. 2 But every puny whipster gets my sword. O.—Uncle. She loved thee. SC. here is my butt And very sea-mark of my utmost sail. Or naked as I am I will assault thee. She dies. she was chaste. lady? EMILIA Hark.LN 3538 LN 3539 LN 3540 LN 3541 LN 3542 LN 3543 LN 3544 LN 3545 LN 3546 LN 3547 LN 3548 LN 3549 LN 3550 LN 3551 LN 3552 LN 3553 LN 3554 LN 3555 LN 3556 LN 3557 LN 3558 LN 3559 LN 3560 LN 3561 LN 3562 LN 3563 LN 3564 LN 3565 LN 3566 LN 3567 257 Othello ACT 5. Be not afraid. GRATIANO . within If thou attempt it. canst thou hear me? I will play the swan And die in music. though you do see me weaponed. Here is my journey’s end. the ice brook’s temper. cruel Moor. I have a weapon. It is a sword of Spain. and speak with me. I have seen the day That with this little arm and this good sword I have made my way through more impediments Than twenty times your stop.

LODOVICO Wrench his sword from him. He stabs Iago. sir. roast me in sulfur. cold. that wert once so good. SC. Now. you devils. 2 And he retires. LODOVICO Where is that viper? Bring the villain forth. LODOVICO Where is this rash and most unfortunate man? OTHELLO That’s he that was Othello. with Officers. Cassio in a chair. What shall be said to thee? 340 .LN 3568 LN 3569 LN 3570 LN 3571 LN 3572 LN 3573 LN 3574 LN 3575 LN 3576 LN 3577 LN 3578 LN 3579 LN 3580 LN 3581 LN 3582 LN 3583 LN 3584 LN 3585 LN 3586 LN 3587 LN 3588 LN 3589 LN 3590 259 Othello ACT 5.—O cursèd. Pale as thy smock. For in my sense ’tis happiness to die. Desdemon! Dead! O. OTHELLO I am not sorry neither. and Iago. I’d have thee live. Iago is brought forward. IAGO Othello is disarmed. Here I am. Fall’n in the practice of a damnèd slave. my girl? Even like thy chastity. This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven. Cold. Montano. O! 325 330 Enter Lodovico. cursèd slave!— Whip me. when we shall meet at compt. but that’s a fable. LODOVICO O thou Othello.— If that thou be’st a devil. From the possession of this heavenly sight! Blow me about in winds. but not killed. how dost thou look now? O ill-starred wench. 335 OTHELLO I look down towards his feet. I bleed. I cannot kill thee. Where should Othello go? He looks toward the bed. Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire! O Desdemon! Dead. And fiends will snatch at it.

For naught I did in hate. I pray. An honorable murderer. OTHELLO Well. OTHELLO O. The one of them imports The death of Cassio. He shows papers. you know. OTHELLO ACT 5. 355 360 365 OTHELLO O villain! CASSIO Most heathenish and most gross.LN 3591 LN 3592 LN 3593 LN 3594 LN 3595 LN 3596 LN 3597 LN 3598 LN 3599 LN 3600 LN 3601 LN 3602 LN 3603 LN 3604 LN 3605 LN 3606 LN 3607 LN 3608 LN 3609 LN 3610 LN 3611 LN 3612 LN 3613 LN 3614 LN 3615 LN 3616 LN 3617 LN 3618 LN 3619 LN 3620 LN 3621 261 Othello Why. thou dost best. From this time forth I never will speak word. You shall understand what hath befall’n. you know not. as I think. 350 CASSIO Dear general. thou pernicious caitiff!— 370 375 . Will you. anything. OTHELLO I do believe it. LODOVICO Sir. What you know. Which. if you will. too. But that. and this it seems Roderigo meant t’ have sent this damnèd villain. demand that demi-devil Why he hath thus ensnared my soul and body? IAGO Demand me nothing. to be undertook By Roderigo. Iago in the interim Came in and satisfied him. but all in honor. and I ask your pardon. LODOVICO Now here’s another discontented paper Found in his pocket. Did you and he consent in Cassio’s death? OTHELLO Ay. SC. LODOVICO What? Not to pray? GRATIANO Torments will ope your lips. And here another. Here is a letter Found in the pocket of the slain Roderigo. 2 345 LODOVICO This wretch hath part confessed his villainy. belike. I never gave you cause.

If there be any cunning cruelty That can torment him much and hold him long. No more of that. but too well. Till that the nature of your fault be known To the Venetian state. fool! 380 CASSIO There is besides. of one whose subdued eyes. Cassio. When you shall these unlucky deeds relate. 385 390 395 OTHELLO Soft you. After long seeming dead: Iago hurt him. And Cassio rules in Cyprus. Perplexed in the extreme. bring away. I pray you in your letters. Then must you speak Of one that loved not wisely. OTHELLO O fool. Iago set him on. Like the base Judean. How he upbraids Iago. of one whose hand. Nothing extenuate. and they know ’t. You shall close prisoner rest. to Othello You must forsake this room and go with us. And he himself confessed it but even now. Nor set down aught in malice. fool. that he made him Brave me upon the watch. A word or two before you go. threw a pearl away Richer than all his tribe. I have done the state some service. 400 405 . It shall be his. That there he dropped it for a special purpose Which wrought to his desire. Your power and your command is taken off. And even but now he spake. by that handkerchief That was my wife’s? CASSIO I found it in my chamber. whereon it came That I was cast. 2 How came you. LODOVICO.—Come. Of one not easily jealous.LN 3622 LN 3623 LN 3624 LN 3625 LN 3626 LN 3627 LN 3628 LN 3629 LN 3630 LN 3631 LN 3632 LN 3633 LN 3634 LN 3635 LN 3636 LN 3637 LN 3638 LN 3639 LN 3640 LN 3641 LN 3642 LN 3643 LN 3644 LN 3645 LN 3646 LN 3647 LN 3648 LN 3649 LN 3650 LN 3651 LN 3652 LN 3653 LN 3654 LN 3655 263 Othello ACT 5. SC. in Roderigo’s letter. but being wrought. Speak of me as I am. For this slave.

425 430 435 . More fell than anguish. lord governor. He dies. And seize upon the fortunes of the Moor. to Iago O Spartan dog. Myself will straight aboard. O.—The object poisons sight.—Gratiano. This is thy work. For he was great of heart. Remains the censure of this hellish villain. Let it be hid. I took by th’ throat the circumcisèd dog. thus. And smote him. To Cassio. They exit. OTHELLO.LN 3656 LN 3657 LN 3658 LN 3659 LN 3660 LN 3661 LN 3662 LN 3663 LN 3664 LN 3665 LN 3666 LN 3667 LN 3668 LN 3669 LN 3670 LN 3671 LN 3672 LN 3673 LN 3674 LN 3675 LN 3676 LN 3677 LN 3678 LN 3679 LN 3680 LN 3681 265 Othello ACT 5. Drops tears as fast as the Arabian trees Their medicinable gum. Set you down this. The time. Killing myself. to die upon a kiss. hunger. Where a malignant and a turbanned Turk Beat a Venetian and traduced the state. For they succeed on you. keep the house. or the sea. 2 Albeit unused to the melting mood. Look on the tragic loading of this bed. but thought he had no weapon. LODOVICO O bloody period! GRATIANO All that is spoke is marred. LODOVICO. SC. He stabs himself. enforce it. 410 415 420 CASSIO This did I fear. No way but this. To you. And say besides. to Desdemona I kissed thee ere I killed thee. the torture. the place. and to the state This heavy act with heavy heart relate. that in Aleppo once.